Once upon a time, film was a decidedly communal experience. Audiences would gather in dark auditoriums, eager to be dwarfed by the spectacles flickering across the screen, from narrative studio epics to avant-garde shorts that would press the definitions of what film is capable of.
Today, from the comfort of your smartphone, it’s possible to spend an afternoon with works by Kenneth Anger or William Greaves in a way that would make previous generations of impatient cinephiles apoplectic with envy. But for filmmakers and audiences alike, convenience cannot supplant the importance of the communal experience of film.
Fortunately, New Works, Baltimore’s own showcase of experimental, adventurous short filmmaking returns this week to bring together filmmakers and cineastes alike. Featuring—what else—new works by 15 filmmakers, including Jeff Carey, Marnie Ellen Hertzler, and Selina Doroshenko, New Works will begin at 8 p.m., Friday, September 30 at 2640 Space.
“It’s going to be a wonderful mix of several generations of Baltimore image makers, lifelong artists, and new voices all together in a killer program highlighting the rich depth of what Baltimore has to offer,” series founder Jimmy Joe Roche says.