The Afterlight

82 mins.
Directed by Charlie Shackleton

Director Charlie Shackleton joins us in person for a post-screening Q&A.

Free to Amherst Cinema Members.

Fragments of hundreds of films from around the world bring together an ensemble cast of actors with one thing in common: each is no longer alive. Together, they contend with a fragile existence lived solely through these traces of their work.

THE AFTERLIGHT itself exists as a single 35mm film print. Further eroding every time it screens, the film is a living document of its life in circulation. Eventually it will disappear entirely.

Click here to read a Guardian article by Charlie Shackleton about this project.

“My name is Charlie Shackleton. I am a nonficton filmmaker living and working in London.

My new film THE AFTERLIGHT is currently playing festivals and will tour US and UK cinemas later this year. My VR performance film As Mine Exactly will debut this spring.

I am currently working on two feature films, one in production with Field of Vision, and the other in development with the BFI.

In recent years, I made the short films LASTING MARKS, FISH STORY, PERSONAL TRUTH and COPYCAT, as well as the TV special MISSING EPISODE, one part of the VR anthology A MACHINE FOR VIEWING and the protest film PAINT DRYING.

Before that, I made two feature-length essay films: BEYOND CLUELESS and FEAR ITSELF.

I regularly work with Catherine Bray and Anthony Ing through our production company LOOP and have worked with Ross Sutherland on several projects including STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP. I was a creative consultant on Kitty Green's THE ASSISTANT.

Over the years I've also made several video essays including PASTA AS PROLOGUE, HISTOIRE(S) DU TIKTOK and FRAMES AND CONTAINERS, and written about film for Field of Vision (Sex, Lies and Wikipedia), Filmmaker (The Six Fonts of Cameraperson), Sight & Sound (The Case for Unfair Use) and Vice (I Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Sidestep Britain's Film Censors).”

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit