Instant Histories:

New Documentary Forms In The Digital Age

Through May 5

Lecturer: Daniel Eisenberg


From January 23 through May 5, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled “Instant Histories: Documentary in the Digital Age,” with weekly Tuesday lectures by Daniel Eisenberg, internationally renowned filmmaker and Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Eisenberg’s lecture.

The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

— Martin Rubin


As digital technology has transformed each and every aspect of daily life, our conception of time, space, event, and document has transformed as well. We no longer look to authorized sources for news or the verification of events, and the speed at which we expect to see evidence has become virtually instantaneous, often synchronous to events themselves. The portability and ubiquity of cameras has made every moment and every place subject to our potential gaze, and every event subject to new conventions of scrutiny and truth. This series examines the ways film and video-makers have changed the conventions of non-fiction filmmaking through the signal works produced during the digital turn over the last decade, and considers the future prospects for explorations of the real, the political, the repressed, and the forgotten.

— Daniel Eisenberg

Admission to all “Instant Histories” programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

PREVIOUSLY

THE ACT OF KILLING

2012, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 115 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 17th 6:00pm

FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS

2011, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, Palestine, 94 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 24th 6:00pm

THE MISSING PICTURE

2013, Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 92 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 10th 6:00pm

Daniel Eisenberg lecture on Tuesday!

LEVIATHAN

2012, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, France/USA, 87 min.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 4th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Apr 7th 6:00pm

THIS IS NOT A FILM

(IN FILM NIST)

2011, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran, 75 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 31st 6:00pm

THE FOG OF WAR

2003, Errol Morris, USA, 95 min.

Showtimes:

Daniel Eisenberg lecture on Tuesday!

THE FORGOTTEN SPACE

2010, Noël Burch and Allan Sekula, Netherlands, 112 min.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Apr 10th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 14th 6:00pm

THE NINE MUSES

2010, John Akomfrah, UK, 90 min.

Showtimes:

HOW TO LIVE IN THE FRG

(LEBEN--BRD) (aka HOW TO LIVE IN THE GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC)

1990, Harun Farocki, Germany, 83 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Feb 10th 4:35pm