Is 35 mm Film “Out Of Print?”

By Dr. Know on October 15th, 2014

UPDATE: Some sad news, folks. Although Out of Print is finished and ready for viewing it sadly won’t be shown the way it should be. And if you’re a true film geek you should care. Instead parroting what’s already been said about what’s going on with the project (and just as important) the New Beverly Cinema, click it HERE.

While the digital generation of filmmaking is undoubtedly here, I have to admit I still have an affinity for traditional 35 mm cinema. The graininess, the zooms, the various frame-rates, and the flat-out awe-inspiring artristy of capturing an image on film is unparalleled! And you know what? I’m not the only film feel that thinks so!

A documentary by filmmaker Julia Marchese, Out of Print , explores the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition – seen from the POV of the devoted patrons of the New Beverly Cinema – a unique and glorious independent revival cinema in Los Angeles.  If you’ve never been, you’d better add this one to your bucket list; the establishment has been operating since 1978 and it’s a Hollywood landmark that’s been showcasing classic double features – on 35 mm prints, of course – during its entire family-run existence.

With the help of the proverbial Kickstarter campaign, Marchese was able to score interviews with the likes of Patton Oswalt, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Carnahan, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, Joe Dante, Mark Romanek, John Landis, Lloyd Kaufman, Fred Dekker, Richard Kelly and more. They all talk fondly about their memories of the New Beverly, as well as the importance of 35mm film.

A release date is still pending, but for now you can check out the trailer below!