The Projectionist: A Magical Miniature Movie Palace

The Projectionist: A Magical Miniature Movie Palace

Photography by:  Kendall Messick

The Projectionist is a wonderful series of photographs and a documentary short film by Kendall Messick, the story of Gordon Brinckle who created The Shalimar, a fully operational tribute to cinema’s great movie palaces constructed entirely in his basement.  The reality of Gordon’s “theatre of renown,” as he lovingly called it, was beyond anything you could have imagined.  His movie palace in the basement was a complete environment, containing all of the elements one would expect in an actual movie theater: a marquee, box office, auditorium, stage, screen, organ and a projection booth complete with projectors.  There were intricate details in the design and decoration everywhere that spoke to Gordon’s passion and obsession.

Gordon Bickle’s miniature theatre was available for private showings, but he would also come and sit there to achieve a sense of calm.  It’s a matter of living the dream and finding comfort in it, sustaining your own vision against the odds.  The photographer Kendall Messick celebrates neglected lives, often of the elderly, and in Gordon Brinckle he discovered a real charmer.  The documentary is a meditation on aging, and it found a lively human spirit in Brinckle’s obsessions, bringing to light the work of an artist who worked with a giant heart.

The Projectionist: A Magical Miniature Movie Palace

PBS Interview: The Projectionist

Slide Show: The Projectionist/A Magical Miniature Movie Palace

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Photo of the Day: Still Homeless After All These Years

Photo of the Day: Still Homeless After All These Years

Photography by:  Glenn Losack, M.D.

A Documentary Short Film: Homelessness in America

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My Father: The Visual Poetry of Loving Care

My Father: The Visual Poetry of Loving Care

My Father is a beautiful documentary short film by the German filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, who presently works as a television camerawoman for Crete TV in Greece.  The documentary is a wordless short film about caring for an aging father, an elegantly visual poem saying so much through exquisitely detailed photography that captures the depths of great human emotion. The musical soundtrack is After the Fall, composed by Pete Calandra.

My Father: The Visual Poetry of Loving Care

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