Must Watch: Wonderful, Moving 'Portrait of a Projectionist' Short Doc
by Alex Billington
October 19, 2012
"I've spent more time with these projectors than I've spent with my family." The death of film. It's right around the corner. It's inevitable. But will it truly die off completely, or will it live on in the hearts of people like Ridwaan Fridie - a projectionist from South Africa. Ridwaan is profiled in this outstanding Vimeo short film called Portrait of a Projectionist, directed by filmmaker Philip Bloom. Whether you love 35mm, hate 35mm, love digital, hate digital, as long as you have a love for cinema in your heart, this short will bring a smile to your face and make you want to go to a 35mm movie theater right away. It's wonderful!
Intro from the Vimeo page: Portrait of Ridwaan Fridie. A film projectionist in the Labia Theatre (website link) in Cape Town, South Africa for the past 24 years but with big changes on the horizon where does that leave Ridwaan? For more details, see director Philip Bloom's blog post on the story of visiting/traveling through South Africa and finding Ridwaan. This mini-doc was filmed entirely on Canon DSLR cameras. I'm personally a huge sucker for anything that uses Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" in an uplifting way, and it's perfect in this. Send this charming short doc around to everyone else you know and tell them to watch, too.