The Tesla World Light
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    The Tesla World Light

    Tesla : lumière mondiale

    Directed by

    Canada

    2017

    8 min

    • No dialogue

    Animation, Documentary

    New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Short Film) - FNC Montréal

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Robert Vilar
    Screenplay
    Matthew Rankin
    Cinematography
    Julien Fontaine
    Editing
    Matthew Rankin
    Music
    Christophe Lamarche
    Sales
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Matthew Rankin

    Matthew Rankin

    Canada

    I try to court disaster as much as I can. With every film I make, I am trying to willfully relaunch the Hindenburg, knowing full well it might explode. This is an oblique strategy and it can be catastrophic, but I find my vocation to be energized by risk.

    Matthew Rankin is the director of multiple short films, three of which were selected at Sundance. His work is marked by the mixing of genres, the use of documentary and historical elements and a particular, lyrical aesthetic. His last short, THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT, selected for the 2017 Cannes Critics Week, is part-biopic of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla and part exuberant, yet perfectly mastered, visual experiment. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (2019) marks his feature film debut; it world-premiered in the Midnight Madness section of Toronto IFF.

    Selected Filmography