by Ben Sachs
On Wednesday at 8 PM Northwestern will host another program, organized by Northwest Chicago Film Society and introduced by USC film archivist Dino Everett, of films made on the short-lived 28-millimeter format. Though not officially part of the Domitor conference, this free event surely will interest early-cinema aficionados and fans of the esoteric. "Developed at a time when 35-millimeter motion picture film was synonymous with nitrate fires and the annihilating spirit of modernity," reads a description on the NCFS website, "the 28-millimeter gauge was a non-flammable alternative marketed to schools, churches, and the private domain."
Other local organizations were involved with two of the official programs. The Night Sky, screening Saturday at 8:30 PM, is a contemporary variation on precinematic "magic lantern" shows, featuring vintage lantern slides from the Adler Planetarium archive. Chicago Film Archives provided some restored 35-millimeter footage for the second Monday night program, a partial reconstruction of an illustrated lecture from 1904 called A Pictorial Story of Hiawatha. Check out the Domitor website for a full schedule. Below are some of the works playing at the Logan Center on Saturday.