What Is Cinema?
USA, 2013, 80 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art/Filmmaking, Documentary, Historical/Period
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman poses the seemingly simple query, What is cinema? Through interviews with filmmakers including David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Michael Moore, and Robert Altman, along with over 100 clips from timeless classics, the question proves as intricate as one’s own personal relationship with their favorite film.
As the art form of cinema has evolved over the past hundred years, new technologies allow for possibilities of storytelling and visual transplantation into worlds and experiences never dreamed of before. But what has never changed is cinema’s ability to create a communal experience among the audience while allowing each individual to have a completely subjective thoughts and emotions. By investigating what cinema means through interviews with some of the most authoritative figures on the subject, Workman keeps this symbiotic experience true by featuring some of the most beautiful and breathtaking sequences in the history of film for the audience to answer the question for themselves.
Included are commissioned works from this year’s Stan Brakhage Visionary Award recipient, Lewis Klahr, and Visionary Award presenter Phil Solomon. What Is Cinema? is not an academic totem attempting to reach a lofty thesis, but rather a sweet love letter to why we go to the movies and will keep watching in the future.
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DIRECTOR: Chuck Workman
Producer: Charles Cohen
Editor: Chuck Workman
Screenwriter: Chuck Workman