A man encounters his past in a journey through purgatory.
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Producer/s : Ashley Beuhler,
Director/s : Evers Pund,
Writer/s : Evers Pund,
Actor/s : Cameron Eisner, Jack Heath
Sink or swim
There is barely a word of meaningful dialogue, just snippets of memories that come to him when he’s under the water. It’s a journey through a winter landscape, it’s his life on rewind before his eyes. His mother, her death, his younger self in a play-tent…
This is pure visual filmmaking, using contrasts of light and dark, of the warmth of the yellow tent and the cold blue of the wintry lake. The half-dreamt meeting with his mother plays in slow shots; the run through the trees to catch up with his younger self plays in rapid jerks and jumps and cuts. The symbols are there for the taking: the forest, for the subconscious; the space shuttle keyring fob that Milo kept from his childhood, represtenting flight and freedom; the womb-like tent; and water, for rebirth.
Evers Pund stays in full control of all this material not only as director, but also as editor, sound designer and composer. He brings the elements together into a hugely impressive whole, especially from a 22-year old.
He says he created this film to reflect the child within us all, and the experience of “weathering” with age. On the one hand you want to say “Come on, Evers, you’re only 22!” On the other, you have to recognise the maturity of conception and of execution on show here. If he holds on to the inner child that several scenes illustrate, the young man has a bright future.