Traveling Light - Screenings

A film by Gina Telaroli

An Amtrak train pulls out of Penn Station in New York City on a cold, sunny February morning. The train moves forward as the landscape changes—the East Coast giving way to the Midwest. Passengers fill their roles, the snow begins to fall and the next train station is announced, all while the light continues shifting, bouncing, swelling and slouching into eventual darkness.


ONLINE RELEASE: November 15th to December 15th


- November 12th: downstairs in the UnderDog at BrewDog Shoreditch, London, UK (organized by Huck Melnick)

- November 15th: club-bookstore Głośna, Poznań Poland (organized by piotr tkacz)

- November 15-18th: Anthology Film Archives

- November 18th: Moscow, ID (organized by Alex Hansen)

- November 21st: Cineforum Walden of Madrid, Spain (organized by Alberto D'Anglade)

- November 23rd: Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (organized by Paula Dykstra, Marcelo Esteves, and Paloma Saboya)

- November 28-29th: Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema (organized by Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Luís Miguel Oliveira and Joaquim Sapinho)

- December 4th: Filmoteca Regional de Murcia (organized by Jose Gabriel Ferreras Rodriguez)

- December 6th: The Adam Cook/Kurt Walker Basement, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

- December 10th (8pm): La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres (Paris), France (organized by Noah Teichner)

- December 10th (8pm): Zumzeig, Barcelona (organized by Vanessa Agudo)

- December 10th (8pm): Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany (organized by Hannes Brühwiler)

- December 10th (6:30pm): ESAD (Escola Superior de Arte e Design), Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, w/films by David Phelps (organized by Raul Domingues)

- December 17th (7pm): Goiânia, Brazil (organized by Rafael/Cine Cultura)

- December 19th (10pm): Cine 104, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, (organized by Daniel Queiroz)

- December 27th: Cleveland Museum of Art (organized by John Ewing)

LUMIÈRE will be showcasing Traveling Light (Gina Telaroli, 2011, 58’) this fall (11/15 - 12/15) in conjunction with screenings of the film all around the world, to remember and celebrate that cinema is a communal art and that the digital technology that allows us to so easily share cinema on computer screens alone in our apartments also makes it easier for us to organize our own screenings in public spaces.

If you are interested in planning your own screening, see below!


«The highlight [at the 2012 Migrating Forms festival] for me, critically and otherwise, is automatically Traveling Light, an-hour long record of a day’s train ride by my friend and long-time movie sparring partner, Gina Telaroli. A narrative abandoned twice—first when the cast and crew were halted by a snowstorm halfway through their journey and forced to split; later when GT eschewed all narratives at the editing table to figure only their traces—Traveling Light plays as erstwhile fiction and erstwhile documentary, a travelogue of nothing more than the conditions of it’s making. Deceptively simple, a kind of found piece of concrete dialogue between track sounds and a dwindling light that halfway through turns the movie from half-representational to half-abstract, it’s one of the only recent films, narrative, avant-garde, or otherwise, that seems to have sacrificed itself to its subjects to determine its course.» David Phelps, The L Magazine



If you want to organize a screening in your city let us know! All you need is a projector, some speakers, a screen (or wall), seats, and a public space--it doesn't need to be a fancy cinema, just a place people can gather and watch a movie. There's no need to wait for someone to bring the movie to you, bring it to yourself!

Please contact Gina Telaroli ( if you want to organize a screening. More about Traveling Light here.


«If we start talking about distribution, we run right into another problem: the distributors. Film got off to a start without them. All it took was a cameraman and a director. What did Lumiere do? He took his movies right to the guy who ran the Grand Café. All right. But since then, distribution has become a trade. The middlemen - the distributors - are lazy. They don’t make a move. But they still keep on saying (and it’s as much for themselves as it is for us), “You can’t do without us. It’s all got to go through us.” But the only reason that there are “distributors” at all is that everyone else is too lazy. The exhibitors won’t move an inch to find the product to sell. The producers won’t move an inch to take it to them. As soon as that happens, they need the third man - who robs them blind in the end…» – Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinéma, no. 194 (October 1967)