Eadweard  Canada / 2015 / 104 mins

CLEVELAND, Ohio - "Eadweard" is the perfect movie to play both at a film festival and an art museum.

It recounts the endeavors of the real-life Eadweard Muybridge, whose 19th-century photographic methods would serve as a template for what became movies. It is also a visually captivating film, beautifully shot by cinematographer Tony Mirza. "Eadweard" screens at Tower City Cinemas as well as the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Muybridge, played by Michael Eklund, is an obsessive observer of motion: horses galloping, humans jumping. In the 1880s, he took more than 100,000 photographs as part of a study for the University of Pennsylvania. His retinue included his much younger wife, Flora (Sara Canning), officious interns and nude models who would demonstrate disrobing, broom-sweeping, bucket-pouring and wrestling before a row of 24 cameras.

Pornography? "No," says Muybridge. "This is science. This is Life."

Muybridge was a mad genius of sorts. With his laser focus and dogged determination, he could be a cousin of Daniel Plainview in "There Will be Blood." He also takes a turn down a dark road when he suspects his wife of cheating on him.

First-time feature director Kyle Rideout, who co-wrote the screenplay with Josh Epstein, has a marvelous touch when it comes to embracing Muybridge's photographic passions. Lenses are aligned, awaiting the perfect tint of natural light. On cue, the subjects swirl, twirl, skip and dance. They are becoming immortalized in the synchronized steps of the first "motion pictures."

By  Clint O'Connor, The Plain Dealer 


Wednesday, December 2 / 4:45pm

Romora Bay, Harbour Island

Thursday, December 10 / 8:00pm

Galleria JFK Cinema Theatre 3



Kyle Rideout


Josh Epstein, Kyle Rideout


Josh Epstein

Principal Cast

Michael Eklund, Sara Canning, Christopher Heyerdahl, Torrance Coombs, Jodi Balfour, Jonathon Young


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