Part poetry, part chemistry lesson, part landscape film, part cinematic exploration, part history and geography lesson, part environmental revelation, part magic. The Lanthanide Series is something new under the sun.
A gorgeous, informative feature-length tone poem about the rare earth elements. Equal parts Farocki and Chambers.
Join us for the season’s final event, with visiting filmmaker Erin Espelie in person to present a recent feature and short!
ERIN ESPELIE is a writer, editor, and filmmaker, with degrees in molecular and cellular biology from Cornell University and the experimental and documentary arts from Duke University. Her poetic, nonfiction films have shown around the world at the New York Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival, and more.
Her feature-length documentary, The Lanthanide Series, won the grand prize at the Seoul International New Media Festival in 2015; it has shown in Denmark, Portugal, the U.K. and had its New York City premiere at Anthology Film Archives in June 2016.
Espelie currently holds an assistant professorship in Film Studies and Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder; she serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and is Editor in Chief of Natural History magazine, a centenarian publication for which she has worked since 2001.
The Sea Seeks Its Own Level
2013, 5 minutes, Color, Sound, Super 8 film mastered to HD digital videoA distillation of references to the sea in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and a tangible look at the material effects of an aging Super8-mm camera.
They are coming, waves, white-maned seahorses, wind brindled.
Drowning they say is the pleasantest. Salt green death, spiked and winding cold seahorn, music everywhere. No, that’s noise . . . The earth convulses in all its glory.
The Lanthanide Series
2014, 70 minutes, Color, Sound, HD digital video & 16mm film mastered to DCPFrom the portals of personal computing devices to ancient obsidian mirrors, optical instruments control how people see, foresee, frame, record, and remember their lives. The Lanthanide Series meditates on how we understand the world through such material means, with a reliance on history, the Periodic Table, and the people we love.