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‘Eno’ is an illuminating, adventurous look at one of music’s great innovators

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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

It’s hard to pin a label on Brian Eno. He’s a musician, producer, composer, painter, visual artist and so much more. As a result, making a documentary with him at its center is a task as complex as the man himself. So how did filmmaker Gary Hustwit do it? We went right to the source for answers.

We’re very fortunate to have Hustwit on this episode, the same day that he’ll be at the Oriental Theatre for a very special screening of Eno. In fact, the word “very” isn’t doing enough work to describe what’s happening. For starters, Hustwit will be on hand for a post-viewing Q&A. But the actual screening itself is a remarkable feat befitting the subject of the film.

Using groundbreaking technology, every showing of Eno is completely unique from any that came before. To oversimplify it, imagine watching a film while the filmmaker is editing it right there with you. That’s essentially what happens with this cinematic documentary, which uses a generative system that pulls from Eno’s incredibly extensive archive along with newly captured footage to create a one-of-a-kind version of the film.

You’ll hear all about it from Hustwit in this episode, as well as how this five-year journey came together and what got him hooked into film in the first place.