98 min, France/Germany/Estonia, 2013
Season passes accepted!
Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, A SPELL is a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present.
Starring artist/musician Robert A.A. Lowe (best known for his intense live performances under the name LICHENS) in the lead role, A SPELL lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction – it is at once a document of experience and an experience itself, an inquiry into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.
Filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell will attend in person for Q&A.
See a selection of short films from Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, the two friends, artists, and makers of A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS. Having been exhibited all over the world, their short films have been described as primal, otherworldly, ethnographic, and utopian.
Filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell will attend in person for Q&A
moderated by Erin Trahan, film journalist and editor of The Independent.
As is DocYard tradition, the discussion will continue at a nearby bar.
Tuesday, March 25 at 9PM at Middlesex Lounge
Season passes not accepted
Hot on the heels of their collaboration on A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Lowe and Russell will join forces once more to present an evening of improvised vocalizations and musical compositions accompanied by live-manipulated 16mm film projections.
Ben Russell and Robert A.A. Lowe in person!
The DocYard is a program of the LEF Foundation. Other series sponsors include the Camden International Film Festival, Irving House at Harvard, Rule Boston Camera, Cambridge Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council, Modulus Studios, MassArt Continuing Education and the Open Documentary Lab at MIT.