Two men embark upon a ritual aimed at transporting them into another realm of experience, into a dark realm of wonder, mystery and the vast expanse of the human mind.
Craftsmen are dwarfed by giant, abstract sculpture in Memorial, an experimental documentary. Monumental sculptures appear first as silhouettes, emphasizing their geometric purity and reminding us that cinema itself is act of reduction and representation. Human craftsmen provide scale, and the eyes through which we perceive the work. Crawling about and even soaring, God-like, over the rusty plates and tubes, they simultaneously humanize and deify this inanimate work. Archival footage introduces a sense of temporality, and asks us to consider how the scales of time differ for humans and our creations.
Memorial chronicles the complete lifecycle of its steel subject, but leaves the biggest question—why must it be destroyed?—to the audience. In considering this, we confront our own mortality and choices to express ourselves through art, even if it will not outlast us.
The film draws a portrait of a secular Cemetery in an Israeli kibbutz as it follows a single life cycle observing the cemetery as it withers and blooms again. There between being and non-being, holes are bored open in the earth and empty plastic chairs await sitters to come…
The Nature of the Flame burns softy as two young dreamers cross lives and paths in a supernatural landscape. This existential journey was filmed in The Providence Zen Center, the historic Newport Cliff Walk and the natural environments of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Lindsey Elisabeth Cork and Jocelyn Padilla star as a wandering spirit and her ethereal mentor-sage. Writer/Director Mike Messier and DP/Editor Chris Hunter co-produced the The Nature of the Flame as the debut by Rhode Island South Filmmakers Group.
An experimental undergraduate thesis film, A Descending Man is the story of a man in a turbulent relationship who must decide between mutual infidelity and a true chance at love, or misplaced loyalty and unhappiness.
Laundromat. A woman is sitting and looking at spinning laundry drum while she eats a cotton candy. Her hands become sticky and she becomes dirty, a violent encounter with a stranger resurfaces. Her action of eating in the present merges with the past memory; the Laundromat becomes both an interior and exterior space filled with cotton candy. The machine’s repetitive noise fills the Laundromat and dictates the movement inside it. The sweetness becomes too sweet, sticky and soiling. And she is spinning. This non-genre film combines elements from Video-art, Video-dance and fictional-cinema.
Stranded is a story about a young man who finds himself lost in New York City after a heavy night of drinking. On his journey home he reflects upon his life. The story is told through a series of voice-mails from his friends and family that he is unable to receive because his cell phone is broken. The messages from his phone help generate context for the action on screen much like title cards in a silent film.
Quaker tradition has it that meetings are held together on Sundays, collectively asking for the Holy Spirit to enter the sanctuary created by communal silence. The South Starksboro Meeting House is the oldest continually used Quaker church in Vermont: Quakers have worshipped here each Sunday in silence for 186 years. So in the wintertime when the fire is stoked in the center of the candle-lit and un-heated church, the ministry that they take is said to be “the ministry of the stove.”