1. The Lost Picture Show teaser Trailer


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    THE LOST PICTURE SHOW centers on the seismic changes taking place within our most iconic national industry: the movies. It is a highly constructed, visually adventurous, witty and passionately urgent documentary film that tells how the transition into the digital world is impacting smaller independent movie theaters nationwide. In the words of one operator, “Throughout their history small-town theaters have faced an uphill battle, but digital cinema may prove to be the final defeat.” With 35mm film projectors being cast out, and 35mm prints becoming scarce, the unstoppable march of this new technological era for movie going is currently making news headlines. And while some lament the end of 35mm film as we know it, many others welcome the conveniences of digital projection. THE LOST PICTURE SHOW touches on issues such as the aesthetic differences between digital and 35mm projection, but is ultimately focused on digital rollout as a threat to our experience of traditional movie going as director Jenn Jennings tells the story of the plight of the smaller movie theaters, caught in the midst of digital rollout and mostly unable to afford the high cost of conversion at $60,000 to $70,000 per screen. Already struggling, in an age of big screen TV's, DVD's, Blu-Ray, streaming and Video-On-Demand, and often facing huge maintenance and restoration overheads, many of these beautiful movie palaces face closure. THE LOST PICTURE SHOW raises the profile of these struggling movie theatres, helps them to build a collective identity and presence, and encourages us all to meditate on our commitment to both film as an art form, and to these smaller, and chronically vulnerable movie theaters. Can at least some of them be saved through our film? Helping to stir an already growing grassroots movement to resist an impending multiplex monoculture through dynamic, democratically engaged cultural revitalization centered on old movie houses, THE LOST PICTURE SHOW will engage a broad public in compelling issues of cultural heritage, architectural conservation and urban renewal, as it focuses broad public attention on the need to save small independent theatres from extinction. Our film is intended to stir a mass awakening of consciousness about the role of the movies as an art form in our community life as we pose the question: is culture a business to be endlessly commodified and dominated by the monopolies of powerful corporations, or are we, as local communities, able to commit to and sustain the kinds of cultural life we actually want? THE LOST PICTURE SHOW is the very film to unite movie lovers nationwide, old and young, in small towns and big cities, in the common goal of preserving our intimate relationship with the silver screen, from children’s matinees to the classics to new releases of independent films: the fight to conserve the traditional movie going experience so many of us hold dear has only just begun.

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