In this documentary, directors Jason Gwynn and Jay Sheldon interview film projectionists during their last days on the job at a soon-to-be-defunct movie theater. As Hollywood studios move toward digital distribution, many theaters are forced to abandon their 35mm projectors—and pay up to $150,000 for new projection technology. This change, as the documentary explains, is heartbreaking for the people responsible for reels and reels of film.
If you enjoyed this short, you may also want to read Matthew Dessem’s essay at The Dissolve about the challenges of preserving movies in a digital age. “Unless the unique challenges of digital preservation are met,” he writes, “we run the risk of a future in which a film from 1894 printed on card stock has a better chance of surviving than a digital film from 2014.”