As the 1900 hurricane—the deadliest natural disaster in US history—strikes Galveston, Texas, a mysterious televisual device projects images of an unknown origin. Texas-born, Toronto-based Blake Williams’s experimental 3D film immerses the viewer in remarkable and mysterious images of a world nearing destruction. While expanding cinematic language from early 3D experiments to the cutting-edge technology of today, it expands the environmental havoc caused by that hurricane to the potential catastrophes that face us now. Called the most significant 3D film since Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language by the Village Voice, Prototype is a virtuosic visual delight that pushes the boundaries of cinematic language. Preceded by Red Capriccio, an earlier eye-shattering anaglyph 3D short.
(2014–2017, 70 min., 3D DCP)
Co-sponsored by Channels: A Quarterly Film Series.