New Jersey International Film Festival

Experimental Films Program: STOP, Frankston, Amphibians, My Strange Loop & Sometimes Sin...

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S T O P – Marieli Froehlich (Vienna, Austria)

We are all almost uninterruptedly exposed to countless unfiltered events, both near and far. Reflecting this kind of overwhelming situations the idea for STOP came up. The project can be understood as an action of deceleration, a call for slowdown from a state of sensory overload, a flood of stimuli, that consequently leads to a restriction of our original perception. Contemplation or meditation, an exercise that has had its place in all cultures, offers people the opportunity to experience oneness within themselves and further leads to a feeling of unity with their fellow men. Referring to this project, people from all walks of life, of all ages, religions and race from around the world were and are invited, to take on a sort of meditative sleep state without preparation or artificial setting in their personal environment and stand still for a few minutes, allowing me to record them. During their brief pause the world keeps turning and the grass still grows. The participants are turning towards silence experiencing a gentle stillness spreading throughout themselves. The goal of that continuing project is to collect as many people as possible to participate in the experiment. Experiencing the projection of an “entire world” of people in contemplation also creates a feeling of oneness and inclusion for the viewers. Division and prejudice, whether racial, religious, gender, class or political believes, are thus consequently eliminated in this moment. 2020; 16 min.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Country
  • Director
    Marieli Froehlich
  • Screenwriter
    Marieli Froehlich
  • Producer
    Marieli Froehlich
  • Cinematographer
    Jonas Fröhlich
  • Editor
    Vera Berg, Lona Szep
  • Sound Design
    Vera Berg