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Big_Sleep™

2015

tutorial/desktop_documentary

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27m

produced with amy szczepanski


Part software demo, part documentary——Big_Sleep™ concerns itself with archival impulses, molecular instability, and numbers counting down to zero. This project presents material from the late Bill Birch, one of the most prolific Fox Movietone cinematographers. His body of work is molecularly unstable and decaying. Since 1980, various media conservators have attempted to digitally preserve these early films and failed—leaving a canon of glitches and a legacy of obsolete formats to the future.

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