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Microscope Gallery: James Fotopoulos’ Alice In Wonderland

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 2, 2011

Drawing of a microscope

May 7
7:00 p.m.
Microscope Gallery
4 Charles Place
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Hosted by: Microscope Gallery

UPDATE: 2nd screening added Monday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Fotopoulos will be in attendance again, plus the premiere of two of his new short films!

Head out to the Microscope Gallery for the World Premiere of James Fotopoulos‘ latest feature film, Alice in Wonderland! Being a Fotopoulos film, however, this is far from a traditional adaptation of the classic book by Lewis Carroll. The filmmaker will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Fotopoulos has adapted not the book, but the 1886 musical based on the book, “Alice in Wonderland: A Dream Play for Children,” which was written by Henry Saville Clark and Walter Slaughter. In addition, the filmmaker was also inspired by a 2003 Lewis Carroll daguerreotype exhibit.

Using sculpture, drawing, text and original music, Fotopoulos also examines the relationship between Carroll and the writer/art critic John Ruskin; plus, he incorporates the stylings of other artists and photographers of the same era, including Thomas Eakins, Eadweard Muybridge and √Čtienne-Jules Marey. It’s a trippy blend of modern digital filmmaking and classic art of the late 19th century.

You can learn more about James Fotopoulos and the film at his official website.

A still from the film:

Girl dressed as a farm girl from the 1900s amid a surreal landscape