SPLIT

SPLIT
dir. Chris Shaw, 1989

US, 84m/104m (extended cut)

NEW YORK PREMIERE OF NEW RESTORATION AND CUT
30th ANNIVERSARY

Extended Cut dates:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 – 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 – 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 – 7:30 PM

Original Cut dates:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 – MIDNIGHT
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – 10 PM

Special thanks to Verboden Video, Warren Chan, and Chris Shaw.
The only film by mathematician Chris Shaw, and featuring frenzied, schizoid computer animation from MacArthur Genius Grant winner Robert Shaw, SPLIT is a once-in-a-lifetime oddity; a thoroughly-baked, paranoid foot-chase through the dumpsters of early-MTV Santa Cruz. Starker, would-be messiah and master of disguise, eternally attempts to evade the dystopian fascist forces hellbent on keeping him in a feedback loop of capitalist-driven order. As their surveillance systems are based off of “consumption” and Starker eats out of garbage cans and freeloads from gallery openings, he has so far been able to escape the clutches of the freakish, half-machine overlord.

Starker wafts of a Pynchon hero scurrying like a rat through the moribund, chaotic future as envisioned by Derek Jarman or Alex Cox. This 2K restoration of the cult headtrip is some kind of miracle — lovingly transferred by Verboden Video and the filmmaker after the discover of not only the film’s original 16mm negatives, but a print of a never-released, 20 minute longer cut of the film as well. We are ecstatic to be able to bring you both.