First we invented the moving-image camera. Then we used the new camera to record the world around us. But it was only when the moving image was finally seen on screen by its very first audience that cinema truly began. Air, speed, the world at 24fps: the modern world was promisingly, thrillingly, on the move. Or that’s what we thought.
Today a virus has disrupted the smooth momentum of our shared world. The continuum that cinema always promised is one of this virus’ many casualties. From time to time essential quarantines shut the doors on communal spaces. When that happens it is up to us, the audience, to play our part: to keep the space of cinema open.
Projectionism was made for the ICO’s Cinema of Ideas project and was generously enabled by the East Anglian Film Archive. The film was made in response to an open call for cinema memories shared by the cinema workers, makers and thinkers who keep film culture alive and well; an experiment in collaboration for a time of separation.
Until 2nd May 2023, the film is available to book for in-cinema and online screenings free of charge (you’d just need to cover any transport costs). Email bookings to enquire.
To find out more about the Cinema of Ideas, go to: cinemaofideas.org.uk