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Short film by faculty member receives worldwide acclaim

  • Julie Goldstein
  • Julie Goldstein
  • Julie Goldstein

Posted on September 12, 2019

A short film by a faculty member that details a historical progression of how contemporary images were created and how these different techniques affected humankind is receiving worldwide acclaim.

"Virtual Memory" is a 23-minute film by Julie Goldstein, assistant professor of film and video, which not only provides a retrospective of the more mechanical and tactile way images were once made but also fondly says goodbye to that 20th century era as digital media takes hold.

"This is the way I felt I needed to communicate to those in the next generation what has happened before," Goldstein said.

The film has garnered awards and recognition at festivals and events in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Goldstein said she is thrilled with the response to the film.

"It's an experimental film, so it's not a traditional narrative, but within the filmmaking community, in general, it has gotten acceptance in a wide range of festivals," Goldstein said.

Goldstein said she believes the film has resonated with so many because the topic, innovations in technology, is relevant. She also set out to tell a story that is poetic and contained playfulness, like footage of people from the 1960s dancing, to engage audiences.

The film explains how earlier generations used technology to create images that yielded a physical connection. Among the images that audiences see are the earlier, physical photography process of creating as well as sorting through images and punch cards used from the origins of computing.

As for today? Virtual reality that seems more real than reality.

Goldstein valued the benefits of a short film to tell the story the way she envisioned.

"I enjoy experimentation and taking risks and in the short film format I am much better able to do that," Goldstein said.