For the Love of Celluloid
October 18, 2016
Celluloid film is an endangered species, says Anchorage Museum Curator of Film and Archives Michael Walsh: “It’s prized for its sensual dimension and enduring influence, and so this film format remains a valuable resource for contemporary artists and archivists. It’s time to revisit these films in their original medium.”
That’s what the museum is doing through Celluloid Wednesdays, a midweek film series co-sponsored by Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA) that offers audiences the chance to view celluloid film prints on the big screen in the museum auditorium Wednesdays at 7 p.m. And, though there is no popcorn, the ticket price can’t be beat: Screenings are free.
Nanook of the North (with DJ accompaniment), The Mouse That Roared, and Night of the Living Dead are among the classic 16mm films slated for screening now through Dec. 21.
Celluloid Wednesdays also presents a survey of historic narratives, documentaries, educational, ethnographic and experimental films that reflect the evolution of film as a medium. In addition to films from AMIPA archives, also showing are new documentaries about legendary artists like Tony Conrad and George and Mike Kuchar, programs dedicated to important living artists working in Northern climates, and films by filmmakers who have dedicated their life’s work to Alaska.