Come to Miami Book Fair’s The Swamp for the beer and bites; stay for a sound-and-image trip through Florida — a multidisciplinary installation presented by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and Obsolete Media Miami.
Unseen films, including South Florida and Caribbean-centric home movies and amateur film “arrangements,” will be screened at “A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 in downtown Miami.
The films, selected from the collections of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives by artist and guest curator Barron Sherer, are 16mm preservation prints, each the end result of laborious and expensive photochemical restoration. Two reels of film will be projected in a diptych – two images running side by side.
The silent films will be accompanied by artist Kevin Arrow, who will spin period-appropriate music and sounds that may occasionally drift into unknown places and times.
“A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” brings the Wolfson Archives’ collections into new contexts and public venues.
The screening is also an opportunity for audiences to experience a rapidly vanishing mode of movie viewing — 16mm projection. Long a standby in classrooms and social halls, 16mm film, along with other analog projection methods, has swiftly lost ground to digital formats.
Admission to “A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” is free of charge. The screening is open to the public.
“A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” is presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.