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9 films in package
Facets of pandemic obsessions stitched together.
Self Portrait with Bag
A cameraless portrait of the artist. Super 8mm cartridges placed inside a black cotton bag, the film advanced via a hand crank. The tiny gaps in the fabric weave make for dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of tiny pinhole lenses.
eternity on a loop
An employee of God takes a break from heaven's bureaucracy and spends some time on Earth.
600 Moons
A young woman takes a walk in the woods and slips into another realm, wherein she glimpses her future self.
Slow Volumes
A motion study of passing time. Shot using a hand-built camera, 35mm film is drawn past a thin vertical aperture, organizing the image temporally. Familiar objects dissolve into abstract lines unless in motion past the lens, their shape determined not by their physical features but in the speed of their movement.
Beneath The Mead: cigar.lend.shave
A speculative portrait of a place in North Bristol called Pen Park Hole. The film channels the intense curiosity to discover what lies beneath the land we occupy, questioning what is known about this specific site as well as ideas of locality and home.
Study for a Film: Origins or Seeds on the Margin
Inspired by a film by the artist's grandfather, this film mediates between the historical limitations for bourgeoisie women (“roses among roses”) and the contemporary realities of confinement.
3 Dreams of Horses
A triptych in which the figure of the horse becomes a medium for meditation on its various incarnations as symbol, domesticated animal for human domination, and its abstract power as spirit.
In and Out a Window
Our front window from inside and out.

These films build on an early image or idea, often conjuring a meditative state.

** All film programs during Engauge 2021 include a virtual filmmaker Q&A that is free to view through the festival’s Vimeo page. Whether you experience the festival in person or at home, check in afterwards to hear from the filmmakers! **

Beneath The Mead: cigar.lend.shave is a speculative portrait of a place in North Bristol called Pen Park Hole. The site was discovered accidentally in the 17th century and first explored in 1669 by Captain Sturmy, a renowned mariner and navigator. By the early 1990s, surveyors had mapped the cave’s many chambers and discovered impressive examples of dogtooth spar, a mineral deposit that is found in limestone caves, consisting of very large calcite crystals resembling dogs’ teeth. The entrance to the cave is adjacent to the Southmead housing estate – the site was subject to planning permission for residential homes, but this was thwarted in August 2016 when its geological origins and cave invertebrate community (including the cave shrimp Niphargus) led to its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

As in the pastime of caving, Beneath The Mead: cigar.lend.shave channels the intense curiosity to seek out what lies beneath the land we occupy. Combining the real and the imaginary – conversations with local residents are layered with speculative ideas about an imagined landscape – Phillips’ film questions what is known about this specific site and ideas of locality and home.

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    Laura Phillips