Everything Old is New Again

  • Before DCP, IM, CGI, and MP3s,
    there was celluloid, vinyl, reel-to-reel tape and TVs,
    16 millimeter, 35 millimeter, sprocket holes & reels:
    Handcrafted, tactile, something to feel!
  • Don’t throw the past away
    You might need it some rainy day
    Dreams can come true again
    When everything old is new again
  • [Lyrics to “Everything Old is New Again” by Peter Allen & Carole Bayer Sager]

Join Cornell Cinema for a celebration of Celluloid, Vinyl and Reel-to-Reel Tape; Analog synthesizers, Typewriters and TVs. In other words, life before it was digitized!

The series includes a beautiful new 35mm print of Northern Lights, which will be projected on Cornell Cinema's classic reel-to-reel projectors, which will also provide the mechanism for Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder's live Projection Performance on September 17 (for more info about this event, see above). Analog and digital synthesizers will take the stage on September 12 as part of the Eric & Mary Ross Ultimedia Concert, a special electronic music performance with composer and master thereminist Eric Ross and his Avant Ensemble, including Trevor Pinch (Cornell) and Peter Rothbart (IC). (For more info on the concert, see A Celebration of the Moog Synthesizer.)

The series also features visits by four filmmakers: classic animator Signe Baumane (a collaborator of Bill Plympton's) will present her feature film, Rocks in My Pockets, a funny film about depression; Jodie Mack, a contemporary 16mm maker, will perform live with her unique and quirky work; doc maker Jane Gillooly will present (schedule permitting) her experimental documentary, Suitcase of Love and Shame,about a love affair carried out on reel-to-reel tapes; and Canadian filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska will present Breaking the Frame, her tribute to pioneering 16mm filmmaker & artist Carolee Schneemann, who will also be in attendance.

Three more fantastic documentaries will also be screened: Elektro Moskva will be offered as a sneak preview before its official release and be introduced by Prof. Trevor Pinch (Science & Technology Studies); Vinylmania, exploring the global appeal of records, will have its Ithaca premiere; as will Magical Universe, the story of an octogenarian outsider artist in Maine who used pre-digital technology to create Barbie Doll centric artwork. Elektro Moskva explores thewired world of avant garde rock musicians, DIY circuit benders, vodka-swilling dealers and urban archaeologists/collectors, who are all fascinated with obsolete Soviet-era electronic synthesizers that were the by-product of the KGB and Soviet military, created in the off-hours by scientist/inventors cobbling together spare transistors and wires.

Finally, the series includes the latest films by two retro-loving filmmakers—Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive and Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo—work that is chock full of beauty and obsolescence. The series is cosponsored with Science and Technology Studies.

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