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Interactive Cinema | A Storytelling Evening

Experience new documentary audiovisual forms that redefine the art of moviemaking. Instead of watching them on your computer screen, see them in the cinema, experience them jointly with other people in the audience, with running commentary provided by the filmmakers themselves.
FRI   25 / 09 / 2015
20:30  –  22:30
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw
The Promised Land room | 1st floor

According to the legend, at the first screening of the Lumière brothers The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station the audience was so terrified by the image of the train that they started to flee in panic. However, most media historians consider the legend to be a PR stunt and claim that cinema has failed to deliver a true interactive experience.

For 150 years before the Internet became reality, audiences wanted more than just the static imagery of the cinema, they craved genuinely interactive experiences. One example of such thinking can be found in Alfred Robida’s telephonoscope, a fictional invention conceptualized in the 19th century, which was supposed to work a bit like Skype. In the context of these expectations, the cinema was never a true “window to the world.” Tales about people running away from a train hurtling towards them from the screen were more akin to an assurance that although film isn’t truly interactive, it elicits genuine emotion.

Modern technologies have facilitated the creation of truly interactive cinematic experiences which give the audience control over the narrative reality. Many of these projects are documentary in nature−the idea of the documentary embraces the feedback between the film and the world it describes, while employing the media to represent reality is a very natural, organic way of using them (90% of movies created in the first decade after the Lumière brothers launched cinematography as a medium were documentary in nature).

– Anna Desponds

Presenting their projects will be: Dominique Willieme (Arte), Jeremy Mendes (NFB), Maciek Hamela and Bartek Gliński (Impakt Film). The meeting will be hosted by Benjamin Hoguet.

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