The Dying of the Light

Mar 20, 2016

(Peter Flynn, United States, 2015, DCP, 94 min)

Seattle premiere!

Seattle premiere
After more than a century of film, American cinemas are rapidly abandoning 35mm projection and going digital. Small screens around the country are closing down, and film projectors and projectionists put out of commission. In The Dying of the Light, Peter Flynn documents a handful of experts and enthusiasts who are trying to preserve cinema’s original medium, if only in memory.
The return of large format film with Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight could signify a resurgence of appreciation for the art of film projection. For the first time in decades, projectors destined for the scrap heap are being restored and recommissioned for the theatrical release of Tarantino’s film. In Flynn’s documentary, the men and women who’ve spent their lives in projection booths explain what makes film projection an art and why it’s so important, as they attempt to save what they can from a disappearing industry.

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