“We make prints because we believe that analog projection is a central element of the cinematic ritual as we understand it and as we wish to continue practicing it. In our experience, the act of photomechanical projection in a dark space against a light surface – which is in itself a ritualistic procedure – has the power to create a shared experience that is in essence an act of collective communion. Analog film is a physical entity, it has a body, and so do the humans that assemble to experience it. This is why it important to us to have the body of the film and our bodies share the same space, the same darkness and the same light. Both are fragile, ephemeral and always changing and when they come into contact with each other we believe there is, at a subconscious level, an instance of recognition and an awareness of the tenuous and precious nature of our collective, interdependent existence.
Or, as a fellow filmmaker once put it to us, ‘seeing a digital transfer is reading the autopsy report, while watching a print is to celebrate the wake’.”
Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy