Prototype

Canada / 2017 / 63 minutes / NR

As the deadliest natural disaster in US history strikes Galveston, Texas, taking between 6,000 and 12,000 lives, a mysterious televisual device projects images of unknown origin. Blake Williams’ experimental 3-D film immerses us in the storm’s aftermath, at every minute represented by remarkable and mysterious sights of one world nearing destruction as another emerges. A consideration of technology, cinema, and the medium’s future, PROTOTYPE is equal parts dense and fleet – an unprecedented experience with no clear ancestor or likely successor.


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  • Director

    Blake Williams

  • Producer

    Marco Gualtieri

  • "The most significant 3-D film since Goodbye to Language."

    — Calum Marsh, The Village Voice
  • "Critic's Pick! A puzzle of strange pleasures, a nerve-racking way of recalibrating how to look at the screen and the world outside the screen."

    — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
  • “Stunning. A prescient work.”

    — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
  • "Just as Williams has given us a compelling vision of the art form’s future by reconfiguring its history, he blows it all up. Picks up where Godard left off in Goodbye to Language."

    — Charles Bramesco, The A.V. Club
  • “An audacious multi-part work… startlingly unusual."

    — Daniel Kasman, Notebook
  • “Continuously stunning.”

    — Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
  • “A profound and complex work.”

    — Tina Hassannia, RogerEbert.com
  • "A 60-minute avant-garde film has managed to easily outmatch any hundred-million-dollar production in its use of 3D."

    — Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic
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