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A clip from Optical Vacuum by Dariusz Kowalski.

Secret Cinema is a monthly event in the UK that aims to put the spontaneity and mystery back into the cinema-going experience. Events are themed and can feature upwards of one hundred performers. The featured film and location are always kept secret.

Check out the Secret Cinema experience from a recent showing of Blade Runner:

It’s about creating a new way of audience’s experiencing film and creating a new community for film. What we’re trying to ultimately achieve in the grand scheme of things, with the birth of online media and people moving away from the traditional multiplexes, is to bring about the dialogue around film which you would get in the 1930s and 1940s. Back then you didn’t have weeks of spoilers in The Guardian or online so there was a sense of wonderment around film which we’re trying to recreate.

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It’s very much open for all, but in terms of people being first to know, the audience subscribe to our newsletter at and that gives them the first access to new tickets going online. Anyone can join our Facebook and Twitter groups and what those do in the weeks before the event is create the context of the films we are screening, so we seed in the clues and build a world around the feeling of the film that people are going to be seeing – we ultimately then start a narrative as people arrive. So they already have an idea from the clues but we do throw some curve balls in there on the night to make it more exciting. So everyone has an idea of what they are going to see – the sights, smells and sensations – and we release important information like the location a couple of days before.

Read an interview with Secret Cinema co-producer Hamish Morrow at Huh Magazine, and check out the Secret Cinema website and YouTube channel.

An experimental film by François Vautier

This film was made as a unique picture with a resolution of 60.000 x 60.000 pixels (3.6 gigapixels)
It was made with 167,819 frames from ‘Blade Runner’.

1>first step : the “picture” of the film
I extracted the 167,819 frames from ‘Blade Runner’ (final cut version,1h51mn52s19i)
then I assembled all these images to obtain one gigantic image of colossal dimensions : a square of approximately 60,000 pixels on one side alone, 3.5 gigapixels (3500 million pixels)

2> second step : an illusion
I placed a virtual camera above this big picture. So what you see is like an illusion, because contrary to appearances there is only one image. It is in fact the relative movement of the virtual camera flying over this massive image which creates the animated film, like a film in front of a projector.

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An entrancing stop-motion video by Italian artist Blu. Just watch it, it’s nothing short of amazing.

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Experimental filmmaking has always been a fringe affair by its very nature. Stan Brakhage, perhaps the most famous experimental filmmaker in history, barely made enough money when he was alive to to pay the bills. Now he’s got a Criterion Collection two-disc DVD and Blu-ray to his credit. But that goes with the territory – you’re not experimental and avant-garde to make a living. Peter Tscherkassky is the kind of filmmaker who has very little regard for the expectations of his audience. Outer Space creates rather than implies the manic state of disassociation and panic its source material tried, through standard filmmaking techniques, to portray. Every frame, scrape, white chink of back-light flies by, impresses on your mind, and disappears. Unlike Brakhage, much of Tscherkassky’s work is a purely black and white affair. The cobbled whole leaves an indelible mark.

Tscherkassky’s work is available on the Index boutique DVD label as Index 08.

One of the more beautiful short films I’ve seen in a while, Words is about the fractured moments that make up our lives. It’s scored by one of my favorite producers, Keith Kenniff of Helios fame. The Helios album Eingya got me through a lot of cold mornings.

Video by Everynone.


I think I experienced something like this when I was a teenager on DMT. Some of the YouTube comments are classic.

by Pilpop.

Natalie Portman. Vincent Cassel. Darren Aronofsky. I guess Mila Kunis, too. Do want.

BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

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