Films by Peter Miller | Chicago Reader

Films by Peter Miller

The best of these eight 35-millimeter works by Chicagoan Peter Miller, who's headed for Vienna on a Fulbright, are self-aware, wryly humorous explorations of the nature of film and film viewing. Forever Film shows him threading up projectors, and it's screened for viewers as they enter a theater with the lights on. For Projector Obscura he turned theater projectors into cameras, filming the theaters they belong to and capturing rising curtains and white screens. The rapid-fire still images of Chicago parties in 360 create the illusion of depth and make bodies seem to float, and the yellow flashes in Firefly were made by the bugs themselves flitting past coiled-up film. 65 min.

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