Michael PALM / digital / 126min. / 2016 (Austria)
screenplay: Michael PALM / cinematographer: Joerg BURGER / producers: Ralph WIESER, Georg MISCH
The “digital revolution” reached the cinema late and was chiefly styled as a technological advancement. Today, in an era where analog celluloid strips are disappearing, and given the diversity of digital moving picture formats, there is much more at stake: Are the world’s film archives on the brink of a dark age? Are we facing the massive loss of collective audiovisual memory? Is film dying, or just changing? Cinema Futures travels to international locations and, together with renowned filmmakers, museum curators, historians and engineers, dramatizes the future of film and the cinema in the age of digital moving pictures.
Born in Linz, Austria in 1965, Michael PALM works as a film editor and sound designer/composer since 1988; since 2001 he is writing and directing, mainly in the field of feature documentary and experimental film. He studied at the Viennese Film Academy (film and video editing) and at the University of Vienna, focusing on film and media studies. He is the author of numerous lectures and articles on the theory, aesthetics and history of film and cinema. From 1990–94 he worked as film critic, since 1998 he is a lecturer at the Viennese University for Music and Arts and the University of Arts in Linz, Upper Austria.