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Christopher Nolan to talk about film preservation in India

Christopher Nolan one of the most iconic filmmaker in the world is coming to India to talk about preserving film, its legacy and why it is an essential aspect of Indian film tradition, along with Tacita Dean and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, filmmaker and founding director of Film Heritage Foundation.

The director of blockbuster hits like The DARK NIGHT series, INCEPTION and THE PRESTIGE, Christopher Nolan believes in the traditional method of filming and has on various occasions voiced out his dissatisfaction with digital and how the global industry is forgetting the art form that flourished it and now almost seems like a distant memory. Both Nolan and Dean feel strongly that India with its proud cinema tradition is an important place where film should be encouraged to flourish but instead it has been allowed to almost disappear.

 Tacita Dean further added, "As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the museum and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choke of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

Through this event, Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean will explore the importance and differences of shooting on film and why it is essential to keep it available as a medium for future generations. They will also focus on preserving on film and seeing films projected on film as an essential part of our visual experience and history, asking how can any cultural heritage remain intelligible when handed down to future generations without attention to its medium? And finally, they will discuss the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film's future, and why the debate around film needs to change.

Speaking about the event Christopher Nolan said, "Tacita and I are delighted to join with Shivendra and the Film Heritage Foundation in presenting ‘Reframing the Future of Film in Mumbai’. India has such wonderful cinema and such a rich history of art that everything needs to be done to not only encourage its proper preservation for future generations but also to re-introduce the film medium to the younger artists and filmmakers in the country.”

It was in Los Angeles in 2015 that Tacita Dean and Christopher Nolan staged the first in this series of important events highlighting the necessity of preserving photochemical film in the digital age. Both are passionate advocates within their fields for film not simply as a technology but as a medium that offers intrinsically rich and unique qualities needed by artists and filmmakers, as well as a hugely engaging experience for audiences.

"We are honoured to welcome Tacita and Christopher to India as our guests to speak for the cause of celluloid. We deeply appreciate their support for a cause that our foundation stands for. Since our inception, we have been speaking for film as a shooting, exhibition and archival medium. We have been fighting a lone battle and we finally have the support from two of the leading film exponents in the world. We are sure that their advocacy will have a great impact in getting this message across to both the film and art communities in India."

Beginning at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Reframing the Future of Film brought together significant professionals for the first time from art, film preservation and the cinema industry to discuss the tangible steps that needed to be taken to protect the medium of film and its legacy in order to reposition its importance in an aggressive digital market. Subsequent events have been held in Tate Modern in London in conjunction with the BFI during the London Film

The Future of Film in India event in India includes four public events over three days from March 30 – April 1, 2018. Beginning with Public Lecture/talk by Tacita Dean at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, followed by screening of DUNKIRK in 70mm at Carnival Wadala on 31st March, Christopher Nolan will give the introduction followed by a 35 mm film screening of “Interstellar” at Liberty Cinema and it will be concluded with a conversation with Christopher Nolan, Tacita Dean and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur on April 01 2018 at NCPA.


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