The Cinematheque turns to Kickstarter for a digital upgrade—and still digging 35mm
All of the films screening in the Cinematheque's upcoming Dolan and Carax programs are being presented in 35mm. That’ll tickle the belly of your average film buff, but the reality of a changing industry was brought home last week during a media conference for the 32nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival. According to VIFF director Alan Franey, out of more than 200 feature-length films coming this year, only four are actually on celluloid.
“We’ll always try to show the film in the medium intended by the filmmaker,” Cinematheque’s managing director, Amber Orchard, said in a call to the Straight. “But now they’re doing classic restorations where we can’t get them on 35mm anymore.” Recently, both Children of Paradise and Gone With the Wind were struck from the theatre’s calendar because they were only available in the digital format.
“It’s impeding our mandate where we’re trying to provide our audience with access to all film,” Orchard said. “We’ve got independent media artists that are looking for that; we have our rental clients and the festivals that come in here, like VIFF and DOXA. These guys are finding the same issues and they have to program around what we have, equipment-wise, here.”
The bottom line is that Cinematheque has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed for an equipment upgrade to DCP (digital cinema package). And the good news? The not-for-profit film society is looking for a mere $20,000 toward the total cost. The other good news? “We’ll continue to show 35mm whenever we can,” Orchard promised.
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