HD/DCP - 2016 - USA - 95/56 min - Color / Black & White

The Dying of the Light

The Dying of the light (original title)

A film by Peter Flynn

For 120 years, they brought the light to our screens. Now their light is dying.


Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age.  The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction.

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.  By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end.  The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.


Peter Flynn


PETER FLYNN teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston, MA.  He is the writer/director of the feature documentary BLAZING THE TRAIL: THE O’KALEMS IN IRELAND (2011) and co-producer (with the Irish Film Institute) of the DVD box-set, THE O’KALEM COLLECTION.  He is the co-founder of the Boston Irish Film Festival, which he directed from 1999 to 2009.  His writings on early film history have been published in a variety of film journals, including Cinema Journal and The Movie Image.  THE DYING OF THE LIGHT, which he produced, directed, edited, and photographed, is his second feature documentary.  He is currently working on a follow-up documentary to THE DYING OF THE LIGHT, entitled VIVA FILM!, which looks at the various ways in which analog film practice persists in the digital age. 





Peter Flynn


The Dying of the Light (2015, 94 mins)—Director, Producer, Editor, DP.
Blazing the Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland (2011, 87 mins)—Director, Writer, Editor, DP.

Original language: English
Produced by: Peter Flynn



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