As the deadliest natural disaster in US history strikes Galveston, Texas in 1900, taking an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 lives, a mysterious televisual device projects images of unknown origin.
“NYT Critics’ Pick! A puzzle of strange pleasures, a nerve-racking way of recalibrating how to look at the screen and the world outside the screen.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times
Blake Williams’ experimental 3D film immerses us in the storm’s aftermath, at every minute represented by remarkable and mysterious sights of one world nearing destruction as another emerges. A haunting, gorgeously photographed consideration of technology, cinema, and the medium’s future, driven by striking stereoscopic images, Prototype is equal parts dense and fleet – an unprecedented, immersive journey into an abstract sci-fi landscape with no clear ancestor or likely successor. (Dir. by Blake Williams, 2017, Canada, 63 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Toronto; Queensland, Istanbul | Arizona Premiere