Truly Filmic Underground Shorts

Ticketing

Tickets are required for all IU Cinema screenings. You can purchase tickets online and pick them up at the IU Auditorium box office during regular hours or 60 minutes prior to any screening. Learn more about IU Cinema tickets »

Parking

Parking is available near the IU Cinema at the Jordan Avenue Garage (the top level is open to all visitors). If you have an IU parking pass, you can park at surface lots near the IU Auditorium during the week after 5 p.m. Parking is free on weekends. Learn more about IU Cinema parking »

PrintUnderground Film Series

Truly Filmic Underground Shorts

  1. Friday, November 9, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from an UNDERGROUND film
With the demise of film perpetually looming as major movie studios move “forward” to the digital future (some having already announced the end of celluloid distribution), critics, scholars, and media practitioners have spent copious time and column inches debating the value of digital and what should be done about film. For those who love the look of film, and for those who wholeheartedly embrace digitality, this program presents a selection of truly filmic films, works that highlight the particular characteristics of that beloved medium.


Shirley Clarke’s Bridges-Go-Round is a kaleidoscopic take on several New York City bridges, which are made by turns ominous, classical, and futuristic. Variations, one of Nathaniel Dorsky’s silent masterpieces, renders the small details of everyday life with images of exquisite, delicate beauty. Janie Geiser’s The Fourth Watch uses old movies re-photographed from a video monitor as the material for a meditation on the lives and deaths of media forms and their use by avant-garde artists. Finally, Looking for Langston is Isaac Julien’s widely celebrated examination of black gay identity during the Harlem Renaissance, developed through a combination of stock newsreel footage and staged scenes. (16mm presentation)