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Development of the Electronic Moving Image-Television, Video and Digital

History in Depth 2012–2014

Since 2012, The American Cinema Foundation has created a unique 3D view of the end of the USSR and the vast changes that came to Eastern and Central Europe. Gary McVey started bringing a 35mm Stereo Realist 3D camera to the Moscow film festival, and Leningrad starting in 1985. Total immersion in the strange realities of a vanished social and political culture is one reason why the diorama-like third dimension works especially well in conjuring the lost world of European Communism. Since "Avatar", "Tintin", and "Hugo", wider availability of 3D computer tools have brought this technology to the desktop.

Here's a segment from the USSR in 1985, the first year of Gorbachev's rule. The twin narrow images are what raw 3D actually looks like in process; unless you are lucky enough to be reading this on a stereoscopically equipped screen (and some will), you may have to adjust YouTube controls to get a "flat" picture.

Another segment of HISTORY IN DEPTH is set in New York City at the depths of the squalid Seventies, a lurid and vanished time and place.

Thompson Street View South, WTC, July 4, 1976
Photo: Thompson Street View South, WTC, July 4, 1976


Roger J. Simon - Pajamas Media
Photo: An ACF internet summit, 2004: Screenwriter Roger L. Simon (Pajamas Media), L.A. social critic Moxie, and Mickey Kaus (Slate)

ACF has always recognized what art owes to technology – in film, television, and digital creation.

On-Line, Internet, and the birth of the Blogosphere
Since 2002 the ACF has held panels and conferences of young film, TV and internet artists, many of them part of a thriving West Coast dialog between libertarians, centrists, conservatives and progressives. The conferences have helped bring a real spectrum of opinion to a town that is too often sensitive only to skin-deep measures of diversity.