Minute Bodies

55 mins.
Directed by 2018

Playing Friday, June 15 through Thursday, July 8.

  • Platform:  Amherst Cinema via Agile Ticketing
  • Ticket price:  FREE to Amherst Cinema Members, $10.75 general admission
  • Watch window:  Your ticket unlocks the film for vieiwng between June 25 and July 11
  • How to watch:  Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone

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On Tuesday, June 29 at 7pm ET, we welcome epidemiologist and statistician Peter Larson for a discussion of MINUTE BODIES.

The discussion will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Come with questions to ask in the chat, or just sit back and enjoy the conversation.

Simply click here to join the Facebook Live Q&A on June 29 at 7pm.

This meditative, immersive film by tindersticks' Stuart A. Staples is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering British filmmaker F. Percy Smith (1880-1945).

Based in a studio in north London in the early years of the 20th century, Percy Smith developed the use of time-lapse, animation and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action. He worked in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing several films simultaneously, apparently on a mission to explore and capture nature's hidden terrains.

MINUTE BODIES: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith is an interpretative work that combines Smith's original film footage—preserved within the BFI National Archive—with a new contemporary score by tindersticks (frequent collaborators with Claire Denis), Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. It creates a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and saw these micro-worlds for the first time.

Peter Larson is an epidemiologist and statistician, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Michigan ISR/SEAS, Institute for Global Change Biology Lecturer, and he teaches at the University of Michigan School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology.

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