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The ‘death’ of cinema?

As more directors switch to digital, a movement to save film is gaining pace. Tom Brook reports.

Last month at the Cannes Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino mourned “the death of cinema”, due to the shift from celluloid to digital filmmaking – but there are groups around the world fighting to keep cinema alive.

In New York, Steve Cossman organises workshops that teach students how to shoot and edit projects using 16mm and Super 8mm film. He is on a mission he calls Mono No Aware, which relates to a Japanese idea about the awareness of impermanence.

But this movement is not against other formats: instead, it celebrates the unique qualities of film. “There’ll be a shot they didn’t expect or something will happen that looks a little different,” says instructor Chloe Zimmerman. “There might be a light leak or something, and I think we often have people come through who actually find that those were their best shots.”

Tom Brook finds out what films are being created by students, and speaks to Cossman about the increasing global interest in Mono No Aware.

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