Directed by Rick Prelinger. usa, 2004, 90 min., b/w & color.

Jack Skirball Screening Series

The founder of the renowned Prelinger Archives--whose vast collection of industrial, advertising, education and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002--comes to REDCAT to screen his new film Panorama Ephemera. Featuring 64 separate sequences drawn from his archive, Prelinger has arranged the disparate elements into a single narrative of a journey through the American landscape. The cast includes children, farmers and industrial workers as well as Western pioneers, superheroes and crash-test dummies, but the film also focuses on a range of everyday creatures, objects and substances--such as pigs, corn, water, telephones, fire and rice. The resulting work is a revealing and often astonishing reconstruction of a history filled with horror and hope, unreeling in ways that are at once familiar and unexpected.

In person: Rick Prelinger


Date/Time G ST CA
Mon 4.4.05, 8:00 pm $8 $6 $4

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff