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At MoMI, the audience becomes the star of a new movie

David Ehrlich

A lot of filmmakers talk a big game about wanting to bring the audience into their movies, but few have ever followed through on that promise like documentarian Jane Gillooly. Gillooly's fascinating 2013 film Suitcase of Love and Shame will be screening at Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday afternoon, but the real story here is what the filmmaker will be doing during the show. In what MoMI is calling a "first in film festival history," Gillooly is going to be turning her camera on the audience as they watch the movie, unobtrusively gathering the footage for another film in progress. And while attendees won't be asked to do anything out of the ordinary, everyone who shows up will be considered a true collaborator, their names recorded for inclusion in the credits of the new film. 

And speaking of that new film, its unlikely stars won't have to wait long to see it. In the most exciting part of this unique project, Gillooly is going to be premiering the results of her experiment a mere week after collecting them, as MoMI has already slotted Audience into their schedule for next Sunday (is this the first time in movie theater history that a listing exists for a movie that hasn't even been shot yet?). Tickets to both events are free, and will be given out on the day of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis, so there's nothing stopping you from becoming a movie star in the next 10 days. Visit MoMI's site for more information.


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