Inland Empire

Film After Film

September 15–30, 2012

Guest curator: J. Hoberman

Is it possible to speak of a 21st-century cinema barely a decade into the millennium? Film critic J. Hoberman’s new book, Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) (2012, Verso) is a timely and provocative collection of writings that chronicle how the advent of digital technology has led to the displacement of the medium of film—and the very relationship between movies and reality. Meanwhile, the trauma of 9/11 and the ensuing “war on terror” reshaped movies politically. Film After Film, a screening series and exhibition, guest curated by Hoberman, reflects the ideas in the book and shows how filmmakers have responded to these seismic shifts in the art form.

In conjunction with the series, there will also be an exhibition of films shown in installation form, including Phil Solomon's American Falls, Pat O'Neill's The Decay of Fiction (2002), Chris Marker's Immemory, and Joe Swanberg's LOL.