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ISN'T PARADISE AN APPENDIX OF BOTANY?

I'm was super excited to have my first super 8 film in over 4 years, titled Isn't Paradise An Appendix of Botany?, be selected to be in the Experimental short film showcase at the Local Sightings Film Festival, hosted by the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA…

 
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ISN'T PARADISE AN APPENDIX
OF BOTANY?

I'm was super excited to have my first super 8 film in over 4 years, titled Isn't Paradise An Appendix of Botany?, be selected to be in the Experimental short film showcase at the Local Sightings Film Festival, hosted by the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA. The film is a cinematic poem to the botanical beauty of the alpine meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park, and was shot on Agfa 200D reversal film at locations up and down the trails of the mountain. One of my favorite parts of the film is the soundtrack, an ambient choral recording I made for my neoclassical music project Lo Radiante.

A super 8 film study of the quietly spectacular botanical beauty of Mt. Rainier National Park, set to a mystical choral performance.

Local Sightings is Seattle’s only festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films, featuring a showcase of new films from filmmakers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia. It was a real honor to be a part of this film tradition here in Seattle, and to meet a few other like-minded filmmakers. Discovered some other “SLOW FILM” adherents, that is the concept of film as an instrument of portraiture, the slow study of a subject on motion picture film.

Here’s one of the social media trailers I made for the film..

 
 Still image from   Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?  , 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

Still image from Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?, 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

 
 Still image from   Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?  , 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

Still image from Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?, 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

 
 Still image from   Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?  , 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

Still image from Isn't Paradise an Appendix to Botany?, 2018, super 8 color reversal film.

Isn't Paradise an Appendix of Botany? is my second super 8 film to be included in a film festival, the first wasThe Dream of Roman Signer's Camera, an experimental time-lapse film I shot using custom built camera housing draped over the side of a hot air balloon on a chilly autumn morning in Virginia in 2014. Roman Signer's Camera featured a soundtrack by James Plotkin and premiered in 2014 at the annual Super GR8 film festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Visit my Vimeo page if you'd like to see more of my super 8 films from around the world, along with various video art projects I've done over the years. I also curate an instagram feed @super8clips that highlights filmmakers still using this fun and funky film gauge.