The Ethereal Melancholy Of Seeing Horses In The Cold

Things have been slow lately. I’ve been busy writing proposals and papers. Hence, there isn’t anything new or groundbreaking I have to offer this week. But I have a little something at least.

I found this wonderful short film yesterday, which strongly reminded me on the aesthetics of slow film. To my surprise (though it might not be a surprise to everyone) this film was made by an amateur. Scott Barley is a first-year film student in Wales. True, the films by his favourite filmmaker Béla Tarr are influential. However, I believe that it’s more than just copying. Besides, his film has its very own aesthetics.

This film made me wonder how many amateur slow-film directors are out there. We (that includes me, of course) study the canon of well-known directors up and down, but actually it might be worth looking into, what I would call, a new and younger generation of directors.

If you know someone (who probably knows someone who knows someone) who makes something we could call slow film in his / her free time, please do email me:

theartsofslowcinema@gmail.com

I’d be very interested to see what the real scope of this slow film concept is.

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Thanks Nadin, for my promoting my work, as well as the demographic of “a new and young generation of filmmakers”, as you put it.
I think that sadly, for younger, unestablished filmmakers, there are not many opportunities to display their “slow” films, due to time constraints and the distant/short attention-span nature of sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. I am hoping to address this issue with my own work with a video installation, which will be much longer than my current work. I am planning to exhibit it around South Wales later this year.

Thanks again.
Scott.

This is one of my arguments as part of my research: it’s best to show slow films in galleries. Do let me know when your video installation is up and running and I try to come south.

Scott Barley

Well creatively speaking, it makes sense, and my artistic background originated in Fine art, so it will be an excuse to get another exhibition – I’ve missed them. Thank you, I will do.

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