Sunday, March 24, 2013

Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab's
new documentary "Leviathan" at Northwest Film Forum: April 5 - 11 & 26 - May 2

Next month Leviathan surfaces at Northwest Film Forum! No, no, not the mythical beast of Biblical Lore, nor the Great White Whale of Melville. This beast is instead the brutal, sensorial, visceral ONSLAUGHT that is the creation of Paravel and Castaing-Taylor of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab and the Visual and Environmental Studies department's "Leviathan". And if you think a documentary on the subject of Deep Sea Fishing isn't going to be the most audio-visual engaging experience you have in the theater this year, well, you'll have a chance to be proven wrong, wrong, wrong, in a few short weeks. Their previous, environmental, ambient, gorgeously duration-oriented "Sweetgrass" certainly doesn't prepare you for this. Nor does A.O. Scott's review for the New York Times, which I feel only touches on it's one-of-a-kind sensory approach. It's instead the Dennis Lim piece of earlier this year that suggests the true physical, auditory, visual, conceptual experience of this singular work. Trust me. You will never again see a documentary on this subject (or most any other) that will leave this indelible an impression on your mind, senses or imagination. There's a reason the poster features a Gothic Doom Metal font and all the images seem as though they're sourced from Dante's Divine Comedy.