Jul 23 - Jul 24
(Saul Bass, USA, 1974, 35mm, 92 min)
New 35mm print!
Acclaimed graphic designer and creator of countless classic film title sequences (Anatomy of A Murder, Man With The Golden Arm, Vertigo, Psycho) Saul Bass directs this visionary 1974 sci-fi film, in which a group of scientists study the patterns of cosmically-altered ants that are rapidly evolving to develop a hive mind. His one and only feature film, Bass’ Phase IV is a truly unique masterpiece, boasting visually stunning photography, art direction and optical effects.
These special screenings of a new 35mm print (courtesy of the Academy Film Archive) will be shown with a digital reconstruction of Bass's original psychedelic ending sequence (cut by the studio for being too weird and psychedelic), long-thought lost. The feature will be preceded by new short film The Powers Project, an international collaborative re-imagining of the Charles and Ray Eames film Powers of Ten.
- This film is part of ByDesign 13, our annual series exploring intersections of design and film, co-presented with ARCADEand AIGA-Seattle. Read more about the week or get a series pass to see all of the ByDesign films at a discount, $40/Film Forum, ARCADE and AIGA Members, $60/General.