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A documentary of an expedition to Churchill, Manitoba to film the Northern Lights. | Add synopsis »
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Gavin Connor ... Himself - Rifleman
Brian Ladoon ... Himself - Dog trainer
Don Lind ... Himself - Representative from space (as Dr. Don Lind)

Peter Mettler ... Himself - Cinematography and Direction / Narrator
Kees Verspeek ... Himself - Priest

Directed by
Peter Mettler 
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Peter Mettler  writing

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Alexandra Rockingham Gill .... producer (as Alexandra Gill)
Peter Mettler .... producer
Ingrid Veninger .... producer
Andreas Züst .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jim O'Rourke 
Cinematography by
Peter Mettler 
Film Editing by
Peter Mettler 
Mike Munn (picture editor)
Sound Department
James Bastable .... audio restoration
Peter Bräker .... sound
Alexandra Rockingham Gill .... sound (as Alexandra Gill)
Leon Johnson .... sound recording
Gaston Kyriazi .... sound
Peter Mettler .... sound
Robb Wright .... sound editor
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Nuala Roche .... assembly assistant

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83 min
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Peter Mettler - Cinematography and Direction:It may well be that the Northern Lights cannot be filmed. That nature cannot be filmed. That film or media is in conflict with nature. Is it just a surrogate for the real thing? Is film a surrogate for real experience?See more »


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Are you cold yet?, 20 May 2003
Author: plainwhiteroom from toronto canada

Saw it at a friend's cottage on a remote part of Lake Huron (appropriate setting, maybe).At one point during the narration, Mettler talks of how, historically, the first filmed event was of a locomotive, and when it was shown to the public, they ran from the theatre, thinking it was real. After mentioning this, he asks "Are you cold yet?". It's a great line, since he's been showing us frigid, Siberian-like footage of the Canadian North for the last half hour. I liked this documentary a lot, which surprised me a little, as I was highly critical of his more recent "Gambling Gods and LSD". In this film, however, the poetic narration perfectly fits the visuals, as we are constantly bombarded with desolate, lonely images and fantastic shots of the northern lights. Mettler also gets some great interview footage from some of the locals, notably the motel owner and the old Native man and his daughter. The camera shots and angles seem to have more of a purpose here, and the long takes of things like train lights and frost on a window relate directly to the many themes of the film (something I thought did not happen in "Gambling etc"). It's a very enjoyable film.

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