CALL FOR REVIEWERS
Innovative documentary film available for academic conferences and for
review. (We are seeking qualified reviewers, based in North America, with
an existing relationship with academic print journals, online journals,
association newsletters, email listservs, etc. Reviews must be submitted by
reviewers; First Run/Icarus Films cannot submit.) Interested persons
should contact me directly, off-list.
Proteus - A Nineteenth Century Vision
A Film by David Lebrun
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In the 19th century the world beneath the sea played much the same role
that "outer space" has played for the 20th and 21st. The ocean depths were
at once the ultimate scientific frontier and what Coleridge called the
reservoir of the soul.
Based almost entirely on 19th century scientific illustrations, paintings,
and photographs brought to life through innovative animation, PROTEUS
weaves a complex tapestry of biology, evolutionary theory, oceanography,
scientific history, poetry, and myth.
The central figure of the film is biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel
(1834-1919). One of the most influential minds of the 19th century, Haeckel
found himself torn between science and art, materialism and religion,
rationality and passion.
For Haeckel, the key to integrating these dualities was a tiny undersea
organism called the radiolarian. Haeckel discovered, classified and painted
4000 species of these one-celled creatures. Their beauty and seemingly
infinite variety led him to a sweeping vision of nature as a unfolding work
of art and source of scientific knowledge.
Dylan M. McGinty
First Run / Icarus Films, Inc.
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
Tel (718) 488 8900 / (800) 876 1710
Fax (718) 488 8642
Email dylan at frif.com
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