New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2024 - FILM IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FILM!

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MAY 31, 2024
Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 7PM!


Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ

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FILM IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FILM! – Peter Flynn (Wakefield, Massachussets)

FILM IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FILM! explores the vanishing world of private film collecting—an obsessive, secretive, often illicit world of basement film vaults, piled-high with forgotten reels, inhabited by passionate cinephiles devoted to the rescue and preservation of photochemical film. Condemned as pirates and hounded by the FBI, film collectors have long lurked in the shadows. Yet their efforts have resulted in the survival of countless films that would otherwise have been lost to history. Archives and studios now look to private hands for long-lost titles and many collectors have begun restoring and releasing films themselves. As analog film fades from memory, the basement-dwellers and bootleggers of old are finally being given their due. FILM IS DEAD. LONG LIVE FILM! is a lively tribute to the private film collector, a celebration of the fetishistic subculture of pre-video movie-love, and a timely reminder of the glories of analog film. 2024; 102 min.