Nick Peterson: Films New and Old

Nick Peterson: Films New and Old

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This is a collection of short films inviting the viewer to hear the unspoken stories that lie between lines of dialogue. These films consist of an ever present theme that explores the human condition yet inspires creative interpretation. The trilogy, Three Muses, is a collection of portraits of individuals who have personally influenced the filmmaker, Nick Peterson, and represent various stages of the awareness and influence of art throughout a persons life. A laborious effort, from carrying over 90 pounds of film equipment across the treacherous snow-covered obsidian flows of Paulina Peak to the construction of a performance stage in the middle of Summit Lake atop Mt Hood, Muses was as much of a physical endurance trial as it was a collaborative feat of tenacity and vision. Nihon Kyuukei (9 Views of Japan) is a collection of landscape portraits shot over the course of a three week visit to Japan last summer. It sent Nick to remote and rural destinations in search of the distinctive relationship between Japan’s scenic vistas and the character of it’s people.

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The Three Muses (PREMIERE)
Director: 
Nick Peterson
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2012
Runtime: 
40 minutes

A trilogy of meditative short films which explore how age and memory relate to artistic inspiration and how one’s perspective on life is altered during the process. In “Melete” (contemplation), 4 year old Yuna embarks on a camping trip with her parents to the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon. Captivated by her new scenic surroundings, Yuna’s curiosity leads her imagination to grow and reflect inwardly. “Aoide” (song) documents a live performance by the experimental duo Why I Must Be Careful as they play on a specially constructed platform that was built in the middle of Summit Lake high atop Mt. Hood. Finally, “Mneme” (memory) follows 70 year old Eugene as his daily routine accidently intersects with the life of a stranger. This trilogy was funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

[2012, 35mm transferred to HD Video, 40 minutes]

日本九景 (nihon kyuukei) - “Nine views of Japan” (PREMIERE)
Director: 
Nick Peterson
Country: 
Japan
Year: 
2012
Runtime: 
37 minutes

From the Kantō prefecture in central Honshu to the Kyushu region in the south, this collection of landscape portraits was taken in Japan during the summer of 2012. Along the journey are such sights as the flowing rice fields of Kanagawa prefecture, the sounds of the deafening drone of cicadas off the shores of Karatsu and a gliding ferry ride to Yawatahama across the Uwa Sea. A profile of a stunningly beautiful country often typified by the bustling and crowded cities of Tokyo and Osaka, kyuukei is a quiet musing on rural Japan’s more easily missed splendor.

[2012, HD Video, 37 minutes]

Musical Offering
Director: 
Nick Peterson
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2004
Runtime: 
11 minutes

A short experiment inspired by Anton Webern’s famed 1935 arrangement of a fugue for 6 voices from J.S. Bach’s “Musical Offering”. The film is built entirely of a succession of horizontal traveling shots which mimic Webern’s acute mapping of different instruments to the same melody lines. Filmed in the summer of 2005 using a portable camera dolly designed and constructed by metal shop students at Franklin High School.

[2004, Super 16mm transferred to HD, 11 minutes]

Dog Breath, In the Year of the Plague
Director: 
Nick Peterson
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2004
Runtime: 
12 minutes

Three cynical friends participate in an iconoclastic plan to chide death.

[2004, Super 16mm transferred to HD, 12 minutes]

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