Moore College of Art & Design
20th & Race Streets, Philadelphia
"I like boring things." - Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol died at least 18 years too early; he would have loved
December's Secret Cinema program at Moore College of Art & Design. On
Friday, December 9, we will present BORING FILMS -- a collection of the
most maddeningly mundane movies ever to be screened in one sitting.
Past Secret Cinema programs have aimed to find the fascinating in lowly
educational films, industrial films, home movies, and other film flotsam
that was never meant to be saved and re-examined decades past their initial
need to exist. And generally, those programs were successful, proving that
for those with a healthy curiosity about the world about them and the
richness of the past, almost any short film can be interesting, amusing,
This collection is different.
BORING FILMS has nothing to prove except that sometimes old found films can
indeed be boring. And while some audience members with a particularly
perverse sense of humor may find themselves laughing out loud at what they
are experiencing, we will make no promises, save that the longest any
single short subject will run is 20 minutes.
What won't we show in BORING FILMS? We won't show a 1960 film called ON
SOLDER, which runs about 18 minutes. It shows old ladies operating
soldering irons on an assembly line, then includes a discussion about the
long history of man's use of the alloy of tin and lead as an adhesion
agent, and then covers the fine points of making a good solder joint. We
will not be including this short in BORING FILMS, because it is TOO
What WILL we include in BORING FILMS? You will have to come and find out,
but we can share some of the titles: TYPING LESSONS, SPECKLED TROUT ACROSS
CANADA, OPERATION OF THE BELL & HOWELL SOUND PROJECTOR, DODGE DANCING PARTY
WITH LAWRENCE WELK, ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS, and, in a nod to the Yule
season, HOW THE ANIMALS DISCOVERED CHRISTMAS. Plus, many other surprises.
Virtually 100% of this program has never been included in any previous
Secret Cinema screening. We didn't dare.
There will be one complete show starting at 8:00 pm. Admission is $6.00.
No admissions will be refunded.
As usual, this Secret Cinema program will be projected in 16mm film on a
giant screen (not video).