Light and Land, 2023
16mm/HD, Colour, 7 mins

Through a series of landscape encounters, geography and light become antithesis to linear time and create new visual tapestries of environmental identity.

The contrasting topographies in Light and Land disrupt familiar visions of Canadian landscapes so that the specifics of each scene is understood in more complex terms. Lingering somewhere between fantasy and realism, this futuristic documentary underscores atmospheric phenomenon within mysterious environmental incongruence.

These cinematic tableaux are of resilience and intended to question landscape authenticity. The lasting emotional imprint is created by the momentum of each encounter, making the idea of ecological permanence all the more potent and questionable.

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The music for Senescent Vivarium composed by Mount Maxwell includes two stunning scores:
Senescent Vivarium and Entropics.

“Working with a single synthesizer (the Arp Odyssey) the musician composed two separate works for the project. The main score "Senescent Vivarium" is a sprawling piece of kosmiche ambient in the style of 1970's synth gurus Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream - a drifting combination of warm tones and flickering arpeggios strongly reminiscent of Mount Maxwell's 'Blue Highway' releases. The second work, "Entropics", is a stranger and more fascinating beast, having more in common with the early tape works of Musique concrete outsiders like Tod Dockstader and Eliane Radigue and intended as a kind of nocturnal alternative to the main score".
Hotham Sound Recordings 2022

Visit HERE for Mount Maxwell's music for the film Senescent Vivarium released by Hotham Sound Recordings. 

Congress
16mm/HD/B&W/4 mins/2020

Mediated under flight and wing, possible collective memories are represented through a prism of vast tundra landscapes, a wrecked 19th century paddleboat, and ancient lichen fields. Time, place and history become nostalgic remnants from the Yukon Territory, with a final conclusion on common ground.

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Night Garden  
SD/HD/Colour/6 mins/2019

Filmed on location in my mother's garden and bedroom, nocturnal images attempt to parallel her resolve to surviving cancer for a fourth time, and her reflections on immortality to everyday rewards like her joy of shopping and fears of darkness. 

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Not For The Faint of Heart 
Super8/HD/B&W/3mins/2019

A travelling carnival at Northgate Mall in Regina, SK, provides the usual thrills and chills provided one accept the caveat that all rides are not for the faint of heart. Oscillating camera movements and close-ups create a claustrophobic experience except for one brief sky-high respite, and upon landing, a young boy is heard negotiating for extra tokens, underscoring the desperate desire for promised escapism.

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Senescent Vivarium
16mm/HD/B&W/7 mins/2018

Transient narratives of familiar ecological cycles are pushed further into supernatural territory by the effects of hand processed 16mm black and white film, and a deeply atmospheric, magnetic sound score.

Watch Senescent Vivarium here.

 

Prism
Super8/HD/Colour/3 mins/2017

Fragmented moments filmed using prisms and diamond-like shapes used to frame various sequences found at my parents home, a brief moment of my mother rising from bed after a serious illness, and a final return to reflected light and creatures found at sea.

Watch Prism here.

Lookout
HD/Colour/BW/7 mins/2016

Gaining elevation is a very complex concept. The higher we ascend, the more removed we are from normal everyday affairs, but the broader our gaze becomes, the more profound our sense of our situation in the world. Lookout is a personal experimental documentary that examines this kind of elevation or ‘lookout’ through the discovery of human ashes atop a mountain, and a distinct, yet fragmented audio collage of 80’s mix cassette tapes.

"It is a stunning work that weaves together a heightened sensitivity to both nature and technology in the most surprising ways...and the writing, oh it soars, the blue blue sky, so enigmatic, inviting deep contemplation of what it is to be so embedded in the mortal coil". - Lynne Sachs, March 2018

Watch Lookout here.

Collapse
SD surveillance video/4 mins/2016

Using security surveillance footage from a compound hidden in a remote location on Vancouver Island, this short video follows a young girl while preforming some kind of security sweep.Based on conversations and recordings with a close family friend, Collapse is told from the now grown woman’s perspective, which alludes to a past trauma and heightened sense of paranoia about preparing for a forthcoming doomsday event.

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Nocturne
4K/HD/Colour/21mins/2012

Nocturne attempts to move viewers on an emotional and intellectual level by its exploration of nocturnal space. The film diverts from traditional notions of narrative, character and drama, in order to emphasize the mysterious journey of a young woman through five intensely cryptic spatial encounters within the landscapes of Toronto’s ravine parklands.

Metaphysical and liminal spaces are represented through careful framing, and an intensely evocative sound design is meant to underscore overall feelings of anticipation, and unknown urgency.

Watch Nocturne here.
*Best viewed at night or in a very dark space*

Temps Mort
HD/Colour/7mins/2011

Temps Mort ('Dead Space, or Dead Time") refers to the film theory idea that long takes of space appear to be 'dead' or without characters or action.

Temps Mort is an exploration of empty spaces taken from a large University-specifically spaces that seem to have a technological and architectural patina or age to them, in effect, offering a sense of science fiction-like ambiance. I wanted to imply or give the feeling that these spaces had been recently abandoned by people, where two surviving telescopes locate or 'look' at the empty places out of automaton curiosity. Sound effects extracted from Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien help embellish the film’s minimalistic visual style and highlight nostalgic attachments for what is considered “futuristic”.

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Black Creek
HD/Colour/8 mins/2011

Filmed in on location in Black Creek, North York, this film explores the representations of male violence and desire in relationship to a sleepless man's viewing of 80's blockbuster Rambo: First Blood Part II, and the contrasting strange nocturnal landscape of this notorious Toronto ravine. 

Watch Black Creek here.