The project “Proof. Incorporated” will be presented at Fondazione Prada’s Cinema from 16 October 2021 to 19 February 2022. Scheduled each week from Thursday to Saturday, the program will be anticipated by a special event that will take place on Friday, 15 October at 8.30pm: a talk between the social and cultural mediator Noelle Geller and editor and writer Eliot Haworth, moderated by Cornelia Mattiacci and introduced by Luigi Alberto Cippini. The talk will be followed by the screenings of the documentary The Paradise Next Door (2021) by Lance Oppenheim and the film To Die For (1994) by Gus Van Sant. The event will be open to the public upon booking by email: [email protected]
“Proof. Incorporated” investigates analogies and reciprocal influences between video-journalism and film language to delve into the most recent evolution of news communication and the hybridization forms of contemporary cinematographic narration. This research project explores content from media departments of well-known international publications as well as from independent and experimental institutions, ranging across the spheres of cinema, news and narrative.
The title suggests the name of an imaginary video-journalism production company like those created since 2000, when user-generated content (UGC) began to spread increasingly widely and, in response to the crisis of the traditional press and its growing digitalization, media departments were created in the renowned newspapers and independent news platforms online. Video-journalism has significantly grown over the last decade, during which the global “digital first” strategy, also theorized by The New York Times in its 2014 Innovation Report, has spread throughout the publishing and journalism industries.
Each screening of “Proof. Incorporated” will juxtapose a film or an episode from a TV series with video-journalism content, online amateur clips or auteur documentaries. The proposed pairings aim to freely connect—whether by affinity or contrast—subjects, themes and visual languages found in both contexts. The program will conclude with the presentation of a medium-length film that uses the stealomatic linguistic method to combine film content with extracts from journalistic productions.
Screening between 16 October to 6 November 2021 at 8pm will include: The Paradise Next Door by Lance Oppenheim and To Die For by Gus Van Sant (Saturday 16 and 23 October); Les prostituées de Lyon parlent by Carole Roussopoulos and These Girls by Tahani Rached (Thursday 21 and Friday 29 October); The Salesman by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and Zeitgeist: The Movie by Peter Joseph (Friday 22 and Thursday 28 October); Tongues Untied by Marlon T. Riggs and Spider Lilies by Zero Chou (Saturday, 30 October and 6 November); Internet Meme Ruined My Career and Die Verlorene Ehre Der Katharina Blum (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum) by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta (Friday 5 November).