Becoming Animal

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    Becoming Animal

    Directed by

    • Emma Davie, Peter Mettler

    Switzerland, United Kingdom

    2018

    77 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie and Peter Mettler and philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. We pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us. Moose clash antlers and a snail's body becomes a landscape while the myriad sensory tools of cinema explore our complicity with this.

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    Credits

    Cast
    David Abram
    Screenplay
    Emma Davie
    Peter Mettler
    Cinematography
    Peter Mettler
    Editing
    Peter Mettler
    Emma Davie
    Production
    MAXIMAGE GMBH
    Peter Mettler

    Peter Mettler

    Canada

    Born in 1958 in Toronto to Swiss parents, Peter Mettler studied cinema at Ryerson University where he directed two short films, LANCALOT FREELY (1980) and GREGORY (1981), as well as his first feature, SCISSERE (1982), for which he was awarded the Norman McLaren Prize at the Canadian Student Film Festival. In 1989, he made THE TOP OF HIS HEAD, nominated for Best Screenplay at the Genie Awards, followed, among others, by PICTURE OF LIGHT (1994), awarded the La Sarraz Prize in Locarno the same year and GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD (2002) which won the Grand Prix at Visions du Réel and the Genie Award for Best Documentary in 2003. Mettler bridges the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay and documentary.

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    Emma Davie

    Emma Davie

    United Kingdom

    Emma is a documentary filmmaker and Programme Director of Film & TV at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Previous work includes WHAT AGE CAN YOU START BEING AN ARTIST? for Channel 4 (2004, nominated for Grierson Award); GIGHA: BUYING OUR ISLAND (2002), a one-hour film for BBC/Scottish Screen; and FLIGHT, a BBC/Canadian co-production (2000). Emma’s background in experimental theatre and performance gave her a love of collaborative practice. She worked with, amongst others, Robert LePage on Tectonic Plates but also ran her own company Clanjamfrie which did huge large-scale site-specific performances. She was on the board of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and writes for DOX magazine. She has worked as tutor or consultant with EDN, European Film College, Storydoc, Discovery Campus, East European Forum, Docs Barcelona, and many others.

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