A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

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A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

 


Ben Rivers and Ben Russell

 

Directors : Ben Rivers and Ben Russell

Countries : United Kingdom / United States / Norway

Genre : Documentary

Length : 90’

Project state : Script

Budget : 103 877

Production company : Vitakuben
Producer : Leif Magne Tangen



Directors filmography
Ben Rivers
I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING / 2009 / 30’
MAY TOMORROW SHINE THE BRIGHTEST OF ALL YOUR MANY DAYS AS IT WILL BE YOUR LAST / 2009 / 14’
A WORLD RATTLED OF HABIT / 2008 / 15’
ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES / 2008 / 16’
AH, LIBERTY! / 2008 / 20’
HOUSE / 2007 / 5’
DOVE COUP / 2007 / 2’
GREENHOUSE / 2007 / 3’
TERROR! / 2006 / 24’
THE COMING RACE / 2006 / 5’
ASTIKA / 2006 / 9’
THIS IS MY LAND / 2006 / 14’
THE BOMB WITH A MAN IN HIS SHOE / 2005 / 15’
THE HYRCYNIUM WOOD / 2005 / 3’
WE THE PEOPLE / 2004 / 1’
OLD DARK HOUSE / 2003 / 4’

Ben Russell
LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY / 2009 / 135’
TRYPPS 1-6 / 2005-2009 / 55’
WORKERS LEAVING THE FACTORY / 2008 / 8’
TJUIBA TEN / THE WET SEASON / 2008 / 47’
MICHOACAN : LA MUERTE / EL TRAIDOR / 2006 / 16’
THE RED AND THE BLUE GODS / 2005 / 8’
THE TWENTY ONE LIVES OF BILLY THE KID / 2005 / 55’
LAST DAYS / 2004 / 5’
THE ATARAXIANS / 2004 / 6’
EXTRA TERRESTRIAL / 2004 / 10’
THE TAWNY / 2003 / 11’
TERRA INCOGNITA / 2002 / 10’
THE QUARRY / 2002 / 4’
THE BREATHERS - IN / 2002 / 30’
DAUMÊ / 2000 / 7’

Production filmography
NOTHING HUMAN IS ALIEN TO ME / Declan Clarke / 2008
eeMmnot, / Høgenhaug - Leif Magne Tangen / 2002


 
From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture.  A participatory ethnography in the best possible sense, A SPELL choreographs the actions of non-actors within existing Scandinavian landscapes in an effort to arrive at a hybrid document of the past, present, and future; it is a record of experience that proposes belief in transcendence as a viable outcome of living in the now.
Shot entirely on at dusk and on Super-16mm film, this work is a collaboration between two young and highly-decorated cinema artists: Ben Rivers (UK) and Ben Russell (USA).  Through a mash-up of artistic sensibilities which draw from personal cinema and horror film on the one hand (Rivers) and conceptual art and Rouchian ethno-fiction on the other (Russell), this 3-part feature is the logical next step forward for both of the Ben’s.  Indeed, their interests have been dovetailing towards one another for quite some time, and it is in A SPELL that their distinct brands of visionary cinema will finally come together.

       
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