A Film is a Film is a Film

A Film is a Film is a Film

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DIGITAL DISRUPTION: LOCATING TRUTH AND INTIMACY IN THE WORKFLOW

By Tara Judah

I’d like to talk about two new works, screened as part of an impressive experimental shorts program, ‘Digital Dilemma’, at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: Eva von Schweinitz’s A Film is a Film is a Film (2013) and Russell Sheaffer’s Acetate Diary (2013). Both use the film diary structure as a framework through which to explore and reveal the filmmaker’s own relationship to film. And though both von Schweinitz and Sheaffer use the medium’s materiality to create their art, their final works are subject to what we might think of as a type of ‘digital disruption’ to the workflow, having been transferred onto and screened as digital files.

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