DEVIL'S GATE (HD, 20 min, 2011)

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Tracing the metaphysical undercurrents of a Southern California landscape scarred by fire, DEVIL’S GATE unearths a subconscious of the landscape, as the echoes of the past reverberate in the present and infect our perception and experience of place.  The film merges an observational portrait of a landscape transformed by fire, ash and water with a fragmentary textual narrative, providing a view into man’s obsession with controlling and transcending the forces of nature and spirit.

"Earth, water, air and fire are the major actors in an expanse in which the time allotted to man seems prescribed. Geometric figures drawn by the highways, stains on the concrete and the noise of the river in the background create a symphony in which one can easily get lost. Filmed in sharp black and white to the rhythm of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Devil’s Gate emerges as a sample of esoteric archeology."
- Carlo Chatrian, Visions du Réel

San Francisco International Film Festival (Golden Gate Award nominee)
New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin
Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Nyon
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
Sheffield Fringe Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
Athens International Film and Video Festival
Antimatter Film Festival
Big Muddy Film Festival
Wisconsin Film Festival
Fargo Film Festival
Maysles Cinema, NYC
REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
Other Cinema, San Francisco
Pleasure Dome, Toronto
Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
Iris Film Collective, Toronto
Kviy International Short Film Festival