There's something about celluloid that captures things no other medium can, explains Christopher May. So when he started noticing film festivals getting rid of their 16 mm projection, he decided to found the International Experimental Cinema Exposition
, aka TIE
. Along with experimental filmmaking icon Stan Brakhage, May started TIE in 2000 as an international experimental festival devoted solely to reels rather than digital projection. "When you see something projected on film, it's like looking at an oil painting versus watercolor," says May. "There's a richness to it, including the light of the projector, that you can't get on digital. You can't get a certain type of red or a certain type of orange any other way. They're unique." Thirteen years after its founding, the 501(c)(3) non-profit has held festivals and screenings all over the globe, moved into a brand-new space downtown full of prints and projectors, and is now preparing for its largest film festival yet. TIE will host a gifting soiree from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Friday, September 13 to help raise funds and equipment, and let the public see all that the space has to offer.
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