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Passage

“An eerily beautiful rumination on the passage between birth and death.”
-Bill Smith, Willamette Week

“One of the most elegant and magical films I’ve seen in a long time.”
-Bill Plympton

synopsis:
Passage deals with the poetic and the terrible, with innocence and corruption. Haunting underwater portraits of people are juxtaposed with archival films of war and atrocities to create a film that is part collage, part visual poem.

Taking its cues from the ethereal music of Gustav Holsts’sNeptune, the aqueous portraits allow each person’s vulnerable core to surface, exposing a deep primal innocence. Simultaneously, wars are waged, brutalities committed, and the worst of the human race evolves. But in this sea of humanity, all is not lost to the corruption of the human spirit.

Passage made it’s world premiere (as a silent film) in Film Harmonic, a program of short films and live orchestral accompaniment, performed by the Oregon Symphony, Portland, 2001.

Official Jury Selection—2002 Sundance Film Festival
First Place, Experimental—2003 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee
Best FilmScape—2002 Arizona International Film Festival

directed & produced by Chel White
editor- Cam Williams
director of photography – Mark Eifert
sound design – Lance Limbocker

See listing on IMDB