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Gateway returns to its roots in new series

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While the world of cinema has nearly completely switched to filming digitally, the Gateway Film Center has created its own cinematic world in its new series, FilMM.

FilMM will feature Hollywood hits filmed in 70- or 35-millimeter film, such as “Glengarry Glen Ross” with Alec Baldwin and the cult classic “Ghostbusters” with Bill Murray.

Johnny DiLoretto, director of communications at the Gateway, explained in an email how the series began following the screening of Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, “The Hateful Eight.” When given the chance to rent the proper equipment to show the film in 70 millimeters, DiLoretto and the Gateway decided they were in it for the long haul and bought the equipment. Thus, the FilMM series is here to stay.

“We’re devoted to the art of cinema,” DiLoretto said. “We love movies of every persuasion in all their different forms; we felt we owed it to our audience to give them the chance to see their favorite films in their original formats.”

As for the slate of upcoming movies in the series, some of the bigger names include “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise in 70 millimeters, and the original “Jaws” in 35 millimeters.

DiLoretto explained that reel film is more fluid than digital film when viewing. He likened it to listening to a vinyl record because it still has a dreamlike flicker and warmth that audiences still love.

Khalid Moalim, a fourth-year in communication and theater, has experience with film, as he just finished his own short film. Although he mostly uses digital, filming in 70 or 35 millimeters is a challenge he’s familiar with and respects as a filmmaker.

“Only confident actors and directors use film because, unlike digital, you only have a certain amount of film, so you can’t do take after take,” Moalim said.

Along with Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was also filmed in 70 millimeters. Digital film might be the most dominant in the film industry, but a handful of premier filmmakers still hold on to this classic film style.

Another film in the FilMM series is the 1962 dramatic adventure “Lawrence of Arabia,” which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Film Editing and Best Picture. The film takes place during World War I in the Middle East, which adds to the cinematography. DiLoretto said he is especially excited for this screening, which he describes as “breathtaking.”

“It will be as close as you can get to experiencing it for the first time — to bask in the glow of those brilliant, desert landscapes,” DiLoretto said.

The next in the FilMM series is “2001: A Space Odyssey,” starting on Friday. The series schedule can be found on the Gateway’s website.

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