Relativity / Project Apollo
Ed Emshwiller, US, 1966, 16mm, 38 min., color
Emshwiller’s poetic meditation on time, space, and the natural world could be viewed as an extension of his practice as a science fiction illustrator, yet Relativity goes well beyond the realm of fiction in its quest to understand the universe and our place in it. An ambitious essay on metaphysical themes, Relativity is also a demonstration of Emshwiller’s dazzling camera work and editing. It is a standout work by a prolific and visionary artist.
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation
Ed Emshwiller, US, 1968, 30 min., color
An unconventional documentary on the Apollo space program, Project Apollo was made for the United States Information Agency in 1968. USIA productions were made to promote American interests to viewers in other countries; until 1990, federal law made it illegal (with some exceptions) to show such ideologically conceived material inside U.S. borders.
Special thanks to Dan Streible
Followed by a conversation between Samuel R. Delany and Ed Halter