AN ESSAY FILM ON CINEMATIC BLINDNESS
VISUAL DISTURBANCES explores the psychology of ‘inattentional blindness’ — the inability to perceive things that are in plain sight directly in front of us.
The film applies this psychological theory to cinematic perception and proposes a radical history of film style. Examining a diverse range of filmmakers from the Lumière Brothers to Jacques Tati to Michael Haneke, filmmaker Eric Faden reveals a hidden film style he calls “the invisible cinema.”
To help see this invisible cinema, VISUAL DISTURBANCES utilizes new methods for visualizing eye tracking technology to illustrate how we actually watch a film and how filmmakers purposely utilize the invisible cinema to outflank our perceptual abilities.