Haidee Wasson publishes new book on portability and cinema

book cover of Everyday Movies by Haidee Wasson

This new book documents the rise of portability as a foundational characteristic of film history, demonstrating that since World War II, the vast majority of movie-watching did not happen in the glow of the large, magical movie screen but rather took place alongside the glitches, distortions, and clickity clack of small portable film projectors. This basic fact makes small cinema machines a key bridge from film’s past to our media present – foregrounding the adaptability, programmability, and portability as key concepts for thinking about cinema.

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