Summer Screening Series | The Case of the Vanishing Gods (2021)

Directed by Ross Lipman


12 a.m. Eastern / 9 p.m. Pacific

Join us for a virtual screening of The Case of the Vanishing Gods (2021). Register to receive a 24-hour access link and password to the film.

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Read about The Case of the Vanishing Gods (2021) in the Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn Rail’s Film section believes big questions are essential to envisioning engaged and responsible cinema. From the environmental crisis to spirituality, the films we cover embrace fraught scenarios, complex ideas, and innovative practices of storytelling. From July 24-28, enjoy five films selected by our Film Editors Laura Jane Valenza and Edward Charles Mendez. Together, these stunning films celebrate and amplify unique approaches.

In The Case of the Vanishing Gods, our host, Doctor Labyrinth encounters a ventriloquist’s dummy with a troubled past. Only through the Doctor’s most daring efforts can Hugo learn the nature of his troubles – a process that takes them on a rollercoaster journey through the history of ventriloquism, from the prophetic tradition to the present day.

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Ross Lipman

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Ross Lipman is an independent filmmaker, archivist, and essayist. His films have screened throughout the world and been collected by museums and institutions including the Academy Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, and Northeast Historic Film, among others. His 2015/16 feature Notfilm was named one of the 10 best films of the year by Artforum, Slate, and many others. Formerly Senior Film Restorationist at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, he was a 2008 recipient of Anthology Film Archives’ Preservation Honors, and is a three-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics’ Heritage Award. His writings on film history, technology, and aesthetics have been published in Artforum, Sight and Sound, and numerous academic books and journals.

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