Film Heritage Foundation is delighted to announce that we will be presenting Reframing the Future of Film – an event to be headlined by celebrated visual artist Tacita Dean and acclaimed film director Christopher Nolan to be held in Mumbai on March 30, 31 & April 1, 2018.
In Los Angeles in 2015, 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.
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 Festival and at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
In association with Film Heritage Foundation, Dean and Nolan will join Shivendra Singh Dungarpur to stage the fourth incarnation of Reframing the Future of Film in Mumbai on March 30th, 31st & April 1st, 2018.
Through the event, Nolan and 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.
Schedule of events:
March 30, 2018 – Tacita Dean public lecture at Bhau Daji Lad Museum
March 31, 2018 – Closed roundtable discussion
April 1, 2018 – Public ticketed event at Tata Theatre, NCPA.
Tacita Dean is one of the most important artists of her generation anywhere in the world and a passionate advocate for the cause of celluloid. In 2018, three of the UK’s most important galleries – the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts — have announced an unprecedented collaboration in which they will stage exhibitions devoted to different aspects of work by one living artist: Tacita Dean.
Dean, an internationally renowned British visual artist, who is based in Berlin and Los Angeles, is primarily known for her film work such as her commission for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2011, which was a loving homage to celluloid. A champion of photochemical film, she is the founding member of savefilm.org. Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize and has won several prizes including the Aachen Art Prize, Hugo Boss Prize and the Kurt Schwitters Prize among others.
Christopher Nolan is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed Hollywood directors in the world today . . . and he still shoots on film.
With such global and critical successes as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”, “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk”, the cerebral and visionary Oscar-nominated British writer-director is as distinctive a cinematic stylist as Hollywood has. Despite rising to prominence amid the shift to digital production and distribution methods, Nolan has continued to shoot and post-produce his movies entirely on film, and to advocate for film exhibition — one of the loudest such voices in a generation of celluloid devotees that also includes J.J. Abrams, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, James Gray and Quentin Tarantino.
Tacita Dean: “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 choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”
Christopher Nolan: “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 not only to encourage its proper preservation for future generations but also to re-introduce the film medium to the younger artists and filmmakers in the country.”