I worked for approximately a year at a Canadian independent film and television production company and during that time, although I worked on a number of projects that were in development, there were two films that occupied most of my time there.
As Slow As Possible
This remarkable documentary follows the journey of Ryan Knighton, a Canadian writer slowly losing his eyesight on an unusual journey to Germany.
In 1985, composer John Cage wrote a piece called As Slow As Possible which was intended to be played as slowly as possible. Although originally written for piano, Cage rewrote it for organ so the notes could be sustained. Then in 1995, the people of Halberstadt, Germany built an organ in an old monastery that would play the song over the lifespan of the organ - more than 600 years.
"The organ plays continuously. Notes are sustained for months or years, and on occasion, according to the score, and at the hands of humans, the notes are changed."
The documentary follows Knighton as he travels to Halberstadt to witness the change of the note. The film is a beautiful contemplation of the senses, of life and about living life as slowly as possible.
While at Triptych Media I worked on getting this film into film festivals, and assisting my producers to get the film a television deal. I came to the company after the film was completed, so I didn't get a credit, but I did get a great black T-shirt with the words "As Slow As Possible" printed on the shirt in what appears to be an eye exam chart.
Travelling to Halberstadt to witness the changing of a note is most definitely on my bucket list. Check out the following link for more information about this thought-provoking film.
Ryan and Justus in the church that houses the organ.
Based on successful Canadian play, High Life is a hilarious movie about a heist gone terribly wrong.
Set in 1983, shortly after the introduction of automatic teller machines, this film stars Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Joe Anderson and Rossif Sutherland and features the music of April Wine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night and New Order. It's a really fun ride and a fabulous blast from the past.
The film opened at the Berlin International Film Festival and many a late night was spent making arrangements to get my producers, director and actors to the festival. It didn't help that bad weather wreaked havoc on airline schedules and for a short time, Timothy Olyphant was missing in action. But all turned out well and the film opened to impressive reviews.
If you watch the DVD and pan through the end credits in slo' mo' you might catch my credit.