Filmmaker/film historian Tom Whiteside presents IT IS TIME, a multiscreen program of clips and short films that manipulate, flex, or upend time. With a rich selection of films more than 100 years old by pioneers Louis Lumière, Alice Guy, Jean Durand, Edwin S. Porter, and Ferdinand Zecca plus a selection of clips from films produced by ERPI Classroom Films, The United States Navy, and the Jam Handy Organization, this program flips time upside down and turns the everyday world inside out. Guest appearances by Charlie Chaplin and Popeye are expected, along with music by Dixon Crumpler and Tim Wisniewski. (Live music by???????? To be confirmed) Quiet contemplative moments such as the beautiful single screen found film SWIM are interspersed with busier sequences as images move in and out of sync across three screens. This dynamic program, presented in 16mm and video, is a good fit for these multi-tasking times.
Tom Whiteside is an experimental filmmaker from Durham who is also a collector and curator, with research interests in early cinema, regional film history, and a wide range of cinematic flotsam and jetsam. His films have been shown at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and many other venues. Since 1991 he has been the director of Durham Cinematheque, a “one person organization” that is home to a microcinema and the Analog Museum, a collection of motion picture gear, magic lanterns, slide projectors, stereoscopic images and viewers, and related photographic ephemera.