The Two Sights
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    The Two Sights

    An Dà Shealladh

    Directed by

    Canada, United Kingdom

    2020

    90 min

    • Gaelic
    • English

    Documentary

    The Outer Hebrides was long ago once thought of as a place of seers, who were known to have the gift of Second Sight: an ability to foretell future events. These prognostications were revealed to the seer in the form of visions and otherworldly sounds. Sometimes they took the form of portents derived by augury read from animals, bones, or weather patterns foretelling what has yet come to pass. Using these stories as a starting point, The Two Sights, is a portrait of a rapidly changing maritime environment with its acoustic ecology and culture in flux in a time of uncertain futures. Long take Super 16mm cinematography, site-specific field recordings, and interviews collected from the disappearing oral histories of several Hebridean communities are collaged together to explore the relationship between place narrative, environment, and the reciprocal influences they exact upon one another.

    Awards

    • SACEM ORIGINAL MUSIC AWARD - CINÉMA DU RÉEL

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Joshua Bonnetta
    Cinematography
    Joshua Bonnetta
    Editing
    Joshua Bonnetta
    Music
    Joshua Bonnetta
    Production
    ACÉPHALE

    Press

    Joshua Bonnetta

    Joshua Bonnetta

    Canada

    Joshua Bonnetta (b.Canada 1979) is an artist and filmmaker working with sound and moving image across installation, performance, and cinema exhibition.

    His practice is characterized by an experimental sound forward approach to working with moving image; re-imagining cinematography as visual notation for sound design and re-thinking cinematic sound as an extension of Musique concrète. His films have been shown at The Berlinale, BFI London Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, and at various festivals, museums, and galleries internationally. His work has been written about in Art Forum, Frieze, Sight & Sound, Cinemascope, The Guardian, and the New York Times. He lives and works between New York City and Upstate New York where he is an Associate Professor in the department of Cinema, Photography, & Media Art at Ithaca College. His sound works are published by Shelter Press and Canti Magnetici.