About: Projection Project

Silmara Emde is a photographer and graphic designer, and Curtis Emde is a writer and teacher. They are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and together they form the Projection Project - a multi-media venture that documents the changing nature of movie-going as the 35mm film era ends and the digital era begins.

Out of the Interior: Survival of the small-town cinema in British Columbia

www.outoftheinterior.ca Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia is a full-length exploration of classic movie theatres in BC’s southern interior, from Vernon’s Towne Cinema to Creston’s Tivioli; from Grand Forks’ GEM to Revelstoke’s Roxy – and every stop along the way. The filmmakers delve...

Newsletter (Dec 2016) – Season’s Greetings From Our Home To Yours

From David Bowie to Prince, Muhammed Ali to Doris Lessing; Leonard Cohen to the Beatles’ peerless producer Sir George Martin, this year has seen the deaths of legends of music, literature and sport (and other fields, including burgers: this year also saw the demise of Michael James Delligatti, who, in 1967,...

A Look at the Oliver Theatre

A Look at the Oliver Theatre By Curtis Emde Photography by Silmara Emde Alex Gough grew up in Kimberley, British Columbia, where he swept up spilt popcorn at the local cinema after audiences filed out every evening. Before long, he was apprenticing in the little room above the auditorium...

Newsletter – October 2016

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters, With this edition of our newsletter, the Projection Project invites you to raise a symbolic glass of the drink of your choice with us to toast the completion of principle photography on our feature Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small Town Cinema...

Newsletter (May 2016) – We have news!

    Hello friends and supporters! Lots has happened in our personal and projection-themed lives since our last newsletter. Firstly, in February, we had a special visitor safely arrive on this earth: our son George was born. It’s been a beautiful time so far with him. In May, he...

Newsletter (Dec 2015) – Projection Project’s Year Wrap-Up

  It’s a bit of a cliché to start one’s newsletter by telling readers what a big, busy year one has had, but thanks to you, 2015 really was a big one for us. We also have a lot of exciting things to share with you this coming year,...

The Penmar Theatre: down to the wire

In May of this year, The Projection Project spent two days at the southern tip of Okanagan Lake, in Sunny Penticton, gathering material for our upcoming documentary Out of the Interior: Survival of the  Small-town Cinema in British Columbia. We were there to look into the history of the city’s legendary downtown...

Community & commitment at Sidney’s Star Cinema

Dozens of excited, laughing children were streaming out of the first auditorium of Sidney’s Star Cinema when the Projection Project arrived on a chilly and drizzly afternoon in the summer of 2015. The kids had just seen the popular animated feature Minions. In just over an hour, the doors...

A conversation with Dwain Wacko, owner and operator of Jasper’s Chaba Theatre

On a road trip through the Canadian Rockies in the autumn of 2013, I came across this charming-looking cinema in the town of Jasper, Alberta. I wanted to explore it, but was in town just for the night. And since my trip wasn’t connected to the Projection Project and no previous contact had been made,...

Movies, Pizza & Beer in Portland, Oregon

Kennedy School Theatre - Portland, OR
An alarming number of Vancouver movie theatres have closed in the last couple of years. By the end of 2012, the Denman, the Granville 7 and the Van East on Commercial Drive had all been locked up. Burnaby’s Dolphin Theatres and Cloverdale’s Clova Cinema will both be closed before...