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Water and Power (1989)

By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural ... See full summary »

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Pat O'Neill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Lorimen Joel Lorimen ... Himself
Beth Block Beth Block ... Herself
George Lockwood George Lockwood ... Himself
Megan Williams Megan Williams ... Herself
Ric Stafford Ric Stafford ... Himself
Chris Casady Chris Casady ... Himself
Amy Halperin Amy Halperin ... Herself
Michael Pestel Michael Pestel ... Himself
Tom Leeser Tom Leeser ... Himself
Adam Dubov Adam Dubov ... Himself
Carlos Durazo Carlos Durazo ... Himself
Bill Stobaugh Bill Stobaugh ... Himself
Beverly Bernacki Beverly Bernacki ... Herself (as Beverly Bernacke)
Byron Werner Byron Werner ... Himself
Jon Lee Jon Lee ... Himself
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By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical printing and animation techniques, the film explores the complex battle for natural resources waged between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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brilliant filmmaking
14 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

After ten years in production this eye-opening, experimental mini-feature gives new meaning to the phrase 'state-of-the-art' (circa 1987). Using time-lapse photography, multiple exposures, animation, and other computer-controlled optical effects, director Pat O'Neill takes the viewer on a hypnotic tour of the Southern California power grid, exploring the collision between humankind and nature with a dazzling array of playful and enigmatic images. The film is a (strictly non-narrative) visual showcase, but what might have been merely a technical exercise in virtuoso FX wizardry becomes an exciting and challenging work of art, combining a sophisticated, choreographed sound track, several comic visual juxtapositions (including segments from old Hollywood movies such as Cecil B. DeMille's 'The Ten Commandments'), and odd inter-title story fragments.


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