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The Exploding Digital Inevitable

Director Ross Lipman in person

Featuring Crossroads (Bruce Conner, 1976)

(Ross Lipman, 2017)

 

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"Engaging us despite ourselves, Crossroads remains a difficult, unmissable film. You dwell on it, and it dwells in you.”—Guardian (UK)

A landmark experimental film, Bruce Conner’s Crossroads (1976) is comprised entirely of slow-motion footage of a 1946 atomic bomb test on the Bikini Atoll set to an original score by Terry Riley and synth pioneer Patrick Gleason. In his new project The Exploding Digital Inevitable, preservationist and filmmaker Ross Lipman revisits the creation and legacy of Conner’s film while examining the documentation of the test—one in a series code-named Operation Crossroads—considered to be the single-most-photographed event in human history. Lipman last visited the Wex in October 2016 with NOTFILM, about the Buster Keaton/Samuel Beckett collaboration FILM (1965). (90 mins., DCP)

Crossroads was digitally remastered, reconstructed, and restored by The Conner Family Trust and the Michael Kohn Gallery in collaboration with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Laboratory work by Cinetech and NT Picture and Sound. Sound Restoration by Audio Mechanics.

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The Exploding Digital Inevitable, image courtesy of Ross Lipman

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Bombhead (Bruce Conner, 1989). Image © Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Crossroads, photo © Conner Family Trust, courtesy of Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles

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Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM

Institute of Museum and Library Services

National Endowment for the Arts

SUPPORT FOR VISITING FILMMAKERS SERIES

Corna Kokosing

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

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The Exploding Digital Inevitable