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Prismatic Ground

Prismatic Ground

Prismatic Ground is a New York festival centered on experimental documentary. Hosted by Maysles Documentary Center and online NYC film resource Screen Slate, the festival will be primarily virtual for its first year barring a timely end to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We seek work that pushes the formal boundaries of non-fiction in the spirit and tradition of experimental filmmaking. This "spirit" is somewhat amorphous, undefinable, and open to interpretation, but refers to work that engages with its own materiality, and that privileges a heightened artistic experience over clear meaning.

For a better sense of what we're looking for, here are some filmmakers that inspire us: Chris Marker, Lynne Sachs, Kevin Jerome Everson, The Otolith Group, Black Audio Film Collective, Pat O'Neill, Cecilia Condit, Edward Owens, Chick Strand, Barbara Hammer, Khalik Allah, Michael Snow, Janie Geiser, Isaac Julien, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Sky Hopinka, Fern Silva, Akosua Adoma Owusu...

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Prismatic Ground
  • Prismatic Ground Intro

    Films selected by Prismatic Ground, a festival centered on experimental documentary.

  • The Society of the Spectacle (French w/ Eng. subtitles)

    Directed by Guy Debord • Documentary • 1973 • 91 minutes

    Six years after the publication of his Situationist classic The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord released this semi-experimental, essay-film adaptation. Using the classic Situationist technique of “détournement” (think pre-digital remi...

  • The Society of the Spectacle

    Directed by Guy Debord • Documentary • 1973 • 91 minutes

    New! This version of the film has an English language voiceover produced by Light Industry and narrated by Paul Chan.

    Six years after the publication of his Situationist classic The Society of the Spectacle, Guy Debord released this semi-...