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âIn Burnt Nortonâ from Eighty-Watt Cinema to Screen August 1st at Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers Series
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2007
The latest short film from Eighty-Watt Cinema, âIn Burnt Norton,â (2006, 14 minutes, 8mm) will screen on August 1st in New York City at Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers series. The short film program begins at 7 p.m. and âNortonâ will be the third film to screen. A feature program will follow at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.. Anthology Film Archives is located at 32 2nd Avenue (and E. 2nd Street) in New York City and tickets are $ 5.
The project, written and directed by Joshua Dilworth, tells the story of Professor Stephen Marvigelo, whose journey outside the classroom blurs the line between science fiction and nonfiction. It is a film about âsolving the most difficult equations in life, one plane of existence at a time,â says Dilworth. âIn Burnt Nortonâ is the third short in as many years from Dilworth and executive producer Nicholas Whiteâs production shingle, and centers around Marvigeloâs attempts to reunite with his wife and family after a seemingly random event defies the most basic laws of nature.
A New York City Institution
The Archives were created in 1969 when Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Jonas Mekas drew up plans to create a museum dedicated to the vision of the art of cinema as guided by the avant-garde sensibility. NewFilmmakers is the longest-running screening series in New York and one of the longest in the nation. Films such as âThe Blair Witch Projectâ and âToo Much Sleepâ got their start via NewFilmmakers. And in addition to being a public movie theater, Anthology is a film museum, archive, research library, and art gallery. After 35 years in existence, Anthology remains the only non-profit organization of this type in New York.
âWeâre really pleased to be screening âIn Burnt Norton,ââ said producer and curator Barney Oldfield of NewFilmmakers. âVisually itâs completely unique, and overall the piece is a great example of the kind of work we strive to highlight as the among very best work thatâs being done in independent film right now.â
Pioneering A New Workflow For Budget-Minded Independents
Taking advantage of an increasingly viable workflow option for independent filmmakers, Dilworth shot âNortonâ on Super-8mm filmstock and transferred to DVCPro HD videotape using a Thompson Grassvalley Spirit film scanner with DaVinci color correction at Technicolor in New York City. This unique process produced an arresting result.
âIf you want to shoot film, this is a great way to go,â says Dilworth, who has 35mm, 16mm and 8mm films under his belt. âItâs the best of two worlds, both high and low-tech.â
At a time when shooting digitally has become much more cost-effective, originating on film is increasingly rare in the independent world. âIâm so happy that Kodak and other companies havenât abandoned Super-8mm,â said executive producer White. âThereâs a viable community of experimental filmmakers around this format, and thatâs good for everyone. It makes it easier to fit a story to a budget appropriately. Itâs one more tool for a community that typically doesnât have many.â
The unique look of the film is more visibly SD than HD, but the grain structure remains true, and the remarkable latitude of newer Super-8mm stocks made shooting the format a far less nerve-racking experience for the filmmakers. Dilworth used modified widescreen cameras from Pro8mm in Burbank, California and Kodak Vision2 200T and 400T film. The final product also boasts an uncharacteristically smooth image, due to the stability of the cameras as well as the transfer gate.
About Eighty-Watt Cinema:
Eighty-Watt Cinema, LLC was founded in 2002 by Joshua Dilworth and Nicholas White. Located in New York City, Eighty-Watt Cinema has produced several dramatic and comedic shorts, and these projects have screened at film festivals and theaters nationwide. The company is currently prepping its first feature film.
The NewFilmmakers series began in 1998 at Anthology Film Archives as a local screening series. Over the past nine years NewFilmmakers has attracted national and international attention and has screened over 500 feature and 1600 short films. NewFilmmakers screens every Wednesday at Anthology Film Archives, one of the leading theaters in New York City. This unique series gives filmmakers the opportunity to screen their work for local audiences and to promote themselves to national distributors.
For more information and screening copies, please contact:
jpd [at] eighty-watt.com
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