In the year 2042, years after a cataclysm wiped out all digital technology, a young archivist compiles images in order to construct history; but with the fear of another crash constantly looming, the past is an endless void.

  • Matthew Griffith
    Writer, Director, Producer
  • Joel Brown
  • Francesca Bellei
    as The Archivist
  • Andrew Kingsbury
    as Christoph
  • Yule Brennar
  • Valerie Marshall
    Art Direction
  • Tyler Mastantuono
    Sound Engineer
  • Patrick Durdle
    Creative Consultant
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Experimental, Video Art
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Matthew Griffith is a PhD Student at Harvard University in Romance Literatures and Critical Media Practice. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto.

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Director Statement

My filmmaking has formed in conjunction with my scholarly research on emerging forms of literary expression and their relationship to moving image art. I am most interested in the period from the moment cinema entered the gallery in the 60s to the pre web 2.0 net.poetry of the 90s and my research is increasingly focused on the screen itself as a site of projection, proliferation and mediation.

Archive_2042 in particular is the result of combining these interests with my thinking about visual culture and our evolving relationship to images given their ever increasing proliferation.