Now Available – Stephen Broomer’s Potamkin

Posted August 21st, 2018 in New Films, News / Events



Canyon Cinema is pleased to announce that a new 16mm print of Stephen Broomer’s first feature and is now in distribution at Canyon.

“The physical interpretation of Potamkin’s spirit is visualized by a disintegrated, contrasted and superimposed filmic material.”   -Ivonne Sheen

Potamkin | 2017 | 67 minutes | B&W | SOUND

In 1933, at age 33, Harry Alan Potamkin died of complications related to starvation, at a time when he was one of the world’s most respected film critics. In his writings, he advocated for a cinema that would simultaneously embrace the fractures and polyphony of modern life and the equitable social vision of left radical politics. This film-biography is assembled out of distorted fragments of films on which he had written, an impression of erupting consciousness.

At the Odessa steps, trampling gives breath to the child. The bullet miraculously reforms the face. The Cossacks march backwards, retreating unseen into their nothing, the unfired rounds of their rifles restored to their menacing potential. Feet tread backward up the steps as the steps themselves collapse in splintering emulsion. The carriage is set upright.