Portland State University film professor Dustin Morrow will premiere his new short film “Ground London” at the 2013 Northwest Filmmakers Festival. The festival, which runs from November 8th-16th, is staged by the Northwest Film Center. The festival, which focuses on works created by filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest states, is directed by the Northwest Film Center’s programmer Thomas Phillipson. The guest judge this year was Sundance Film Festival programmer Mike Plante.
Prof. Morrow’s “Ground London” is an experimental documentary that explores the British capital at the intersections of three types of geography: urban, cultural, and psychogeography. Its employment of a specific point-of-view, locked in photography that never gets more than three inches off the ground, along with heavy manipulation of both sound and image, exposes a London seldom examined: a city that moves poetically and with great order when observed slowly and in minute detail. The film is playful in technique, using color, shape, perspective and movement to emphasize elements of the frame. The compositions and sound design immerse you in the spaces, drowning you in their atmospheric elements, and employing great wit in their evocation of the landscape.
“Ground London” screens as part of the “Shorts II” program, which runs three times during the festival:
-Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:00pm at the Whitsell Auditorium
-Monday, Nov. 11, 8:45pm at the Mission Theater
-Friday, Nov. 15, 7:00pm at the Mission Theater
Prof. Morrow will be present at the Saturday and Friday screenings, and will participate in a post-screening Q&A at the Saturday screening. Learn more about Prof. Morrow’s work at his website, http://www.dustinmorrow.com.