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qualities of stone

organic and inorganic meet in minerality
 


This is the third in a series on urban naturalism (following Thunder & Evergreen)."Stone" is an anolog to "mineral", the common denominator between organic and inorganic life (as crystalline forms).

This one moves closer to the flesh of the film - a much more interior film. It lives within the near present. And I guess that's the real title, 'presences', but "qualities of stone" it remains, as stone can only exist that way once carved. I wonder about this title because it applies to so many films I've made, or maybe it applies to my way of seeing them.

A description: The grave is a place framed by both life and death.

1) Glass as a means of seeing to or seeing through, a liquid masquerading as a solid.

2) Film as mineral, its granular essence can appear like mica, granite, diamond, etc.

3) Life as crystalline growths and recombinations dependant on water and (usually) light.

4) The complex of interactions between our artificial forms and "natural" forms, active physical space used between inorganic and organic, and the time they share.

5) Seasons of the spirit, pulled along by emotional tides.




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(Click here for ordering info: This film available on DVD 5: "2006")
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qualities of stone

(2006) 16mm 11:00
Appearing: Bilbao Sidewalks, Montmartre Cemetary, Paris, Southwest Corridor Park and Common, Boston, Flowers of Day/MacLaughlin, Studio of Deb Todd Wheeler, Tree of Tessa Day and Rob Todd.
Image and sound by Robert Todd
Printed at Cine Labs