August 31–September 9, 2018
Astoria, New York, August 15, 2017—Museum of the Moving Image will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of PROTOTYPE, the visceral 3-D experimental film by American-born Canadian filmmaker Blake Williams. "PROTOTYPE is as mysterious as it is mesmerizing, a film that feels like a speculative sci-fi history of moving image technology," said Chief Curator David Schwartz. The Museum’s exclusive engagement is also a U.S. theatrical premiere. View Trailer
PROTOTYPE runs August 31 through September 9. Schedule and Tickets
As a major storm strikes Texas in 1900, a mysterious televisual device projects images of unknown origin. Blake Williams’s experimental 3-D sci-fi film (Canada, 2017, 63 mins. DCP) immerses us in the aftermath of the deadly Galveston disaster, represented by remarkable and mysterious sights of one world nearing destruction as another emerges. A haunting, mind-bending consideration of technology, cinema, and the medium’s future, PROTOTYPE combines archival material with various optical manipulations and imagist surfaces to fashion an experience with no clear ancestor or likely successor. A Grasshopper Film release.
"The most significant 3-D film since Goodbye to Language." — Calum Marsh, The Village Voice
“Continuously stunning”—Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
PROTOTYPE was the opening night film of the Museum's 2018 First Look Festival.
Photo: A still from Blake Williams's PROTOTYPE / courtesy of Grasshopper Film
AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW. Please RSVP for a press screening here (8/23 or 8/29).
Blake Williams is available for interviews. Please contact Tomoko to arrange.
Press contact: Tomoko Kawamoto, firstname.lastname@example.org or 718 777 6830.
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