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John Whitney / John Whitney, Jr. / Larry Cuba With Larry Cuba and Andrew Johnston in Person


This compilation program evinces the arrival of the Computer Age film as an art form, showcasing works by foremost motion graphics pioneer John Whitney, his son John Whitney, Jr., and his collaborator Larry Cuba. Whitney’s masterful digital abstractions earned him the first spot as IBM’s artist-in-residence in the 1960s, and is perhaps best-known for his collaboration with Saul Bass for the breathtaking opening titles of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958).

Side Phase Drift 

Dir. John Whitney, Jr. 1965, 8 mins. Digital projection. 

Vertigo Title Sequence 

Dir. John Whitney, Jr., Saul Bass. 1958, 2 mins. Digital projection. 


Dir. John Whitney. 1968, 6 mins. Archival 16mm © Estate of John and James Whitney.  

Terminal Self 

Dir. John Whitney, Jr. 1971, 8 mins. Archival 16mm © John Whitney Jr.


Dir. John Whitney. 1975, 7 mins. Archival 16mm © Estate of John and James Whitney. 

Robert Abel And Associates Demo Reel 

Dir. Robert Abel. ca. 1974, 9 mins. Digibeta.  

Two Space  

Dir. Larry Cuba. 1979, 8 mins. Digital projection. 

3/78 (Objects And Transformations) 

Dir. Larry Cuba. 1978, 6 mins. Digital projection.  

Calculated Movements

Dir. Larry Cuba. 1985, 6 mins. Digital projection.  


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