Launched Monday, the new digital platform The Panopticon has set itself the task of restoring films hitherto unavailable elsewhere. And for its debut, the site hits hard by offering the range of short films made by filmmaker Denis Côté in the early 2000s, before he became the terrible child of Quebec cinema.
The specialized means Panorama–movie theatercreator of Panopticon, promise additions like this every month. Always in the spirit of digitizing often forgotten works, which are not found on any other platform.
In this sense, at present the initiative as complementary to the elephant, a project to restore old Quebec films set up by Quebecor in 2008. “Éléphant is working on more accessible films. The more there remains a package of gray areas. There are very particular films which have fallen into cracks”, Specified Mathieu Li-Goyette, editor-in-chief of cinema-panorama.
What’s more, The Panopticon is not limited to Quebec cinema, unlike the elephant. In the end, we want to dissuade films from all over the world, particularly from English Canada, where there are no such platforms promoting film heritage.
For now, moviegoers can watch the eight short films directed by Denis Côté between 1999 and 2005 on Le Panopticon.States Nordic, the first feature film by Denis Côté, released in 2005.
Everything is available for $6.99, a one-week rental, like in the days of video clubs. In an era where most platforms operate by subscription, this is, to say the least, a bold business model, recognized Mathieu Li-Goyette. “When you have time for your subscribers, you will have to wait until they satisfy you with what remains to be offered in the new content. We didn’t want that pressure,” he explained in an interview with I have to go.
The editor of cinema-panorama didn’t want to live more about the artwork which will go live next month, so happy to report that the restoration required the recording of music. This process is made possible thanks to funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.