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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

March 31 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

“This meditative, immersive film is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor, and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the twentieth century, developing cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature in action. Working in a number of public roles, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing several films simultaneously, on a mission to explore and capture nature’s hidden terrains. Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith’s original footage with a new contemporary score by Tindersticks to create a hypnotic, alien, yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses” — Stuart Brown. (Stuart Staples, 2016, from footage of F. Percy Smith, 55 minutes)

courtesy British Film Institute

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