Ann Deborah Levy

Watercolors (2007) DVD_NTSC, color_BW, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape_architecture

The surface of a pond as a canvas on which nature creates a continually changing painting that mirrors, but alters details of the landscape surrounding it. Beginning in the late winter, just before leaves appear on the trees, the film records the changes in weather, foliage, color and light throughout a year. A choice of black and white film for a passage of patterns on the ice evokes Chinese ink painting, and distorted reflections of architectural details.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30 home rental, $35 institutional rental

Ann Deborah Levy

Rain Painting (2014) DVD, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature , landscape & architecture

Rain striking car windows 'paints' the landscape beyond, re-imagining it in a variety of moods, colors, and abstract patterns. Three realities are represented: the landscape viewed through the window, rain patterns on the glass, and the interior of the car. The first two realities become visible as a result of where the camera is focused, the third when parts of the interior are seen and when the rain quiets and sounds made inside are heard.

Rental: $50

Ann Deborah Levy

Spectator(s) (2014) , 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment, history, landscape & architecture

Caught by another 'spectators' camera, visitors observe, enjoy, or ignore their surroundings - one of the worlds most infamous, yet beloved structures. The camera shows us odd angles and what is not usually revealed. Meanwhile, the memory of spectators of antiquity and what they witnessed casts a shadow. In this hybrid-documentary a soundtrack of location recordings augmented by scripted voices recreates the cacophony of languages heard and allows the sounds of the modern city outside to intrude.

Rental: $50

Ann Deborah Levy

On The Train To Kunta Hora... And Back (2014) color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment, landscape & architecture

Footage shot from a train barreling through the Czech countryside on a gray morning evolves to a dazzling light show of abstract, often, dreamlike reflections juxtaposed on the scenery at sunset. A soundtrack of voices and percussive train sounds serves as counterpoint to the passing images. The film was shot with a point and shoot camera.

Rental: $50

Ann Deborah Levy

Waterscape: illusions (2007) DVD NTSC, color / b&w, 52 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature , films about film, landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , spiritual/mystical

In this self-reflexive film, Ann Deborah Levy's camera captures compelling images of a mysterious wilderness lake and its elegant swans. The water serves as a canvas on which upside-down reflections of trees, clouds, and colors in the landscape are acted upon by wind and light to make an ever-changing painting. Against these images and painted illustrations, a woman making a film on swans serves as the focus for an exploration of perceptions of reality as filtered through the human mind in science, mythology, art, and documentary filmmaking; a meditation on illusion and reality. Off-screen voices personify the womans thoughts as she shoots her film and researches and shapes her script: the filmmaker reads from her shooting diary; young girls recount swan myths; a scholar discusses swan symbolism; and supposed 'experts' from across history debate whether swans really sing or not before they die. These distinct yet thematically related scenarios interweave throughout, but never intersect. They float like elements in a dream for the viewer to connect and interpret later on.

Rental: $195 - DVD

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