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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time -- In the timeless tradition of Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka, the theatrical phenomenon Rivers & Tides depicts the magical relationship between art and nature while painting a visually intoxicating portrat of famed artist Andy Goldsworthy. Gorgeously shot and masterfully edited the film follows Goldsworthy all over the world as he demonstrates his unique creative process, constructing painstakingly intricate masterpieces made entirely of materials found in Mother Nature. Award-winning filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer serenely captures Goldsworthy in the midst of creating his trademark ephemera on-camera. What results is a mesmerizing cinematic experience that helps us to appreciate nature in new and enchanting ways.


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Andy Goldsworthy working with time.
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  (in credits order)
Andy Goldsworthy ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Goldsworthy ... Herself (uncredited)
Holly Goldsworthy ... Herself (uncredited)
James Goldsworthy ... Himself (uncredited)
Judith Goldsworthy ... Herself (uncredited)
Thomas Goldsworthy ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Riedelsheimer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Riedelsheimer  uncredited

Produced by
Trevor Davies .... co-producer
Leslie Hills .... co-producer
Annedore von Donop .... producer (as Annedore v. Donop)
Original Music by
Fred Frith 
Cinematography by
Thomas Riedelsheimer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Riedelsheimer 
Production Management
Jorg Rothe .... production manager (as Jörg Rothe)
Sound Department
Tom Dokoupil .... sound mixer
Colin Hood .... location sound: Scotland
Brian Howell .... location sound: Scotland
Marilyn Janssen .... sound editor
Pepe Kristl .... location sound: France
Jane Porter .... location sound: Canada
Thomas Schwartz .... location sound: USA (as Thomas Schwarz)
Alexander Weuffen .... sound re-recording mixer: Dolby mix (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dieter Stürmer .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Dunja Campregher .... assistant editor: Final Cut
Ilona Demuth .... negative editor
Jörg Eybl .... color timer
Manuela Jesse .... color timer
Elina Paloheimo .... commissioning editor: YLE
Sabine Rollberg .... commissioning editor: WDR/arte
Ulla Salonen .... commissioning editor: YLE
Music Department
Fred Frith .... musician
Peter Hardt .... music mixer
Karoline Höfler .... musician
Bernd Settelmeyer .... musician
Wolfgang Stryi .... musician
Other crew
Judith Anderson .... production assistant
Mark Austin .... location manager: Canada
Matthias Behrens .... technical supervisor
Ellen Bickmeier .... production assistant
Trevor Davies .... executive: Skyline
Caroline Foellmer .... production assistant
Leslie Hills .... executive: Skyline
Dave Tarvit .... location manager: Scotland
Annedore von Donop .... executive: Mediopolis (as Annedore v. Donop)
Steve Allen .... thanks
Jenny Attala .... thanks
Ute Casper .... thanks
Norma Cassidy .... thanks
Régine Chopinot .... thanks: The Ballet Atlantique, La Rochelle, France
David R. Collins .... thanks: The Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Eric Coltart .... thanks
Anna Goldsworthy .... thanks
Holly Goldsworthy .... thanks
James Goldsworthy .... thanks
Judith Goldsworthy .... thanks
Thomas Goldsworthy .... thanks
Nadine Gomez .... thanks: The Musée de Digne, France
Keith Graham .... thanks
Ellie Hall .... thanks
Guy Martini .... thanks: The Resèrve Geologique de Haute Provence, Digne, France
Steve McIntyre .... thanks
Andrew McKinna .... thanks
Max Nowell .... thanks
Gabriele Pfennigsdorf .... thanks
Klaus Schaefer .... thanks (as Dr. Klaus Schaefer)
H. Peter Stern .... thanks: The Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Taucher .... thanks
Vivien Treuleben .... thanks
Gordon Wilton .... thanks
Jason Wilton .... thanks
Georgene Zlock .... thanks: The Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Rivers and Tides" - Germany (original title)
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90 min | Argentina:92 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Germany:0 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:6 (canton of Zurich) | Switzerland:6 (canton of the Grisons) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)


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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
If you appreciate great art, please see this film, 15 August 2002
Author: tritisan from Mill Valley, CA

On one level, this film can bring out the child in us that just wants to build sandcastles and throw stuff in the air just for the sake of seeing it fall down again. On a deeper level though, it explores a profound desire to reconnect with the land. I thoroughly empathized with the artist when he said, "when I'm not out here (alone) for any length of time, I feel unrooted."

I considered Andy Goldsworthy one of the great contemporary artists. I'm familiar with his works mainly through his coffee-table books and a couple art gallery installations. But to see his work in motion, captured perfectly through Riedelsheimer's lens, was a revelation. Unfrozen in time, Goldsworthy's creations come alive, swirling, flying, dissolving, crumbling, crashing.

And that's precisely what he's all about: Time. The process of creation and destruction. Of emergence and disappearing. Of coming out of the Void and becoming the Universe, and back again. There's a shamanic quality about him, verging on madness. You get the feeling, watching him at work, that his art is a lifeforce for him, that if he didn't do it, he would whither and perish.

Luckily for us, Goldsworthy is able to share his vision through the communication medium of photography. Otherwise, with the exception of a few cairns and walls, they would only exist for one person.

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