BFI - The Carnival of Dreams & Build Launch
T H E L A B O R A T O R Y A R T S C O L L E C T I V E
THE UK PREMIERE OF
THE CARNIVAL OF DREAMS
A FILM BY LAUREN VANCE
FOLLOWED BY A Q & A WITH GARY OLDMAN & GISELE SCHMIDT
MODERATED BY NIGEL DALY, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LABORATORY
AND THE UK LAUNCH OF
THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE MAGAZINE, BUILD ISSUE
In the feature length documentary The Picture Show (coming 2017), filmmaker Lauren Vance delves into the lives of the residents of Slab City and the work of wet plate artist Ian Ruhter as he spends time making collodion ambrotypes documenting the people who live there. Actor and photographer Gary Oldman visited Ruhter to take pictures for the latest issue of The Laboratory Arts Collective Magazine BUILD. The result of this profound meeting was captured by Vance and turned into the short film – The Carnival of Dreams which is a companion piece to BUILD.
The feature article includes a conversation between Oldman and Ruhter, a personal essay from writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt and original works created during this meeting, as well as images from both photographers’ archives.
The friendship and passion for collodion photography shared by Ruhter and Oldman is deep and beautiful. The process is reflected in the residents of Slab City, where those gathered on the margins of society have built their own sense of community. This project is as much about building relationships as it is about the alchemy of collodion photography and the physical act of taking a photograph.
As Ian Ruhter asks in BUILD “If you had been searching your whole life for something you love and you found it, what would you be willing to sacrifice?” Watching this film gives you insight into the answer. This burning question has clearly had a profound effect on both men in their own life experiences.
The Laboratory Arts Collective is thrilled to have partnered with AMD on the launch of the much-anticipated BUILD edition and the UK premier screening of the film The Carnival of Dreams.
Photographs by Sarah Burton