Becoming Animal festival screenings – Fall 2018

Becoming Animal continues its tour this fall, with the following festival screenings:

Duisberger Filmwoche - November 8th. Peter Mettler in attendance!

Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy - November 9th.

Recontres International du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Montréal, Canada - November 11th & 14th. Peter Mettler in attendance!

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands - November 15th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th. Dutch Premiere with Peter Mettler and Emma Davie in attendance!

Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival, Porto, Portugal - November 26th and 28th.


Becoming Animal distribution announcements for UK and Canada

We are excited to announce Becoming Animal will be distributed theatrically in the UK this fall, via Scottish Documentary Institute. We are also excited to announce a spring release of the film in Canada – more news on that come soon!

And if you live elsewhere, don’t fret! Contact your favourite independent cinema today and tell them that you’d love to see Becoming Animal on the big screen in 2019! These sorts of actions are significant in helping to further the presence of the film and its message worldwide.

FilmExplorer interviews Peter about Becoming Animal

"The result is a cinematic experience that is both intellectual and sensual; Although in their density at times somewhat overwhelmed, but something succeeds, which is extremely rare in the cinema: literally and not just temporarily change your own perception. [...] Perception is, at least in "nature", always a reciprocal process in which man is only a small part of a huge network, to which animals, plants and also "inanimate" objects belonged like stones. Thus, Abram creates a kind of modern animism - after all, the very first of all religions, created in pre-linguistic times - that Mettler and Davie succeed in translating into cinematic language.”

View the complete interview on FILMEXPLORER here.


“It is almost impossible to think without relying on a specific human perception. To empathize with those of other living beings who have neither self-confidence nor language-based thought processes is an imponderable, an imponderable, without at least a temporary modification of their own perception - whether through meditation, drugs or other techniques. In Becoming Animal, however, Peter Mettler and Emma Davie, together with philosopher David Abram, are now considering precisely this: the different connections and differences in perception between man and nature. Knowing Peter Mettler's earlier films, it is not surprising that this consideration is not (alone) through language - which, as David Abram points out in the film, one of the main barriers in this regard - but takes place through a cinematic form whose purpose is to find a purely cinematic equivalent of the theses of Abram. The result is a cinematic experience that is both intellectual and sensual; Although in their density at times somewhat overwhelmed, but something succeeds, which is extremely rare in the cinema: literally and not just temporarily change your own perception.

“Perhaps surprisingly, Becoming Animal is structured in a straightforward manner. Compared to Mettler's somewhat sprawling works Gambling, Gods and LSD or The End of Time, for example, this film deals with its themes in a rather neat arrangement: from human perception itself and its differences to an original, non-linguistic one Feeling about the origins of music in animal sounds and those of writing in the "Calligraphy of the Rivers", the cave scrawls and hieroglyphs to the nature of the human mind in its function as self-consciousness of nature. As millennia ago, as the script gradually began to take on its abstract character by merely symbolically referring to certain phonetic sounds, the associations with the source of the words, which in earlier writing systems, for example, directly disappeared due to their indexical function something specific directed. The remnants of a closer connection between language and designated natural object can today only be found in loud-language words, often in connection with the water: rushing, flowing, trickling, splashing, etc. That the development of the human mind is a one-way street that no one can go back to the beginning (and usually does not want to) - no matter whether one understands by this beginning the human primeval or the prelinguistic childhood - does not change that original connection between man and nature as before is present and often becomes visible where theory, civilization and language are irrelevant: in direct contact with nature.

“The fact that this separation between the concepts of man and nature is a bit absurd is clear from the very beginning when Abram states: "Nature is a tricky word: one that separates us from it." Mettler and Davie prove this with beautiful pictures, such as when they accompany Abram to Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming, where, in the act of touching an old tree, he realizes that perception is a mutual one. Not only can he, Abrams, perceive the changeable structure of the tree bark with his sense of touch, but the tree also senses the presence and the touch of his hand in his own way through chemical processes. Perception, at least in "nature", is always a reciprocal process in which man is only a small part of a huge network that includes animals, plants and also "inanimate" objects like stones. Thus, Abram creates a kind of modern animism - after all, the very first of all religions, created in pre-linguistic times - that Mettler and Davie succeed in translating into cinematic language. The principle "everything is expressive" seeks, as far as possible, to design a cinema that is no longer subject to the anthropomorphic gaze - the human gaze. In the image and sound design, this is expressed in a simultaneous intensification and abstraction: blurred camera shots through lush nature, accompanied by organic-sounding electronic sounds, Arvo Pärt chorales and a background noise, in which there is a completely different hierarchy of meaning than in the narrative or even in traditional documentary cinema, which usually wants to produce above all meaning.

“And if Becoming Animal is certainly not meaningless - the words of Abram are too weighty for that - the combination of its theses with a way in which a less human perception might look like is a kind of gateway into a world, in which the human gaze is no longer the sole valid one. The limits of this endeavor are not just those of the medium, but of human perception itself. Becoming Animal is a film essay, an attempt to step into a world that usually shuts off that perception. As such a first step Becoming Animal has been completely successful. Although you can not see the film directly, the cutting process took a whole year, but you feel it, somehow. Especially as the limits of the medium can be experienced - in his distorted by digital noise image night shots, in the instances of motion blur, or in a surprising sequence in which we the flight of an eagle not quite from his perspective, but from a strapped him on the back GoPro Camera - we get a glimpse of the blurred boundaries of human perception. These are small moments of the real that pass us by. The metaphor is deliberately chosen as Becoming Animal, in its concluding thought-movement, speaks to the human mind itself, which has always been associated with the wind: fleeting, immaterial, invisible - yet determining everything. As the wind in nature is responsible for carrying the pollen from one place to another, thus enabling that infinitely complex system of life on earth in the first place, the human spirit is capable of doing so through its similarly complex network from neurons to perceive this nature first. And because the separation between man and nature is only a somewhat arrogant imagination, one can come to the conclusion that this human being is little more than a means of nature to perceive oneself - a reflection of nature to a certain extent. This means nothing less than that in the moment when a human being looks at Becoming Animal on the big screen - presumably another mirror - the possibilities, as in Mise en abyme in the Hall of Mirrors, are endless.”

– Text by Dominic Schmid, originally published June 8, 2018. Translated from German, original version available here.


Listen to Peter Mettler interviewed on SRF Radio Switzerland (in German and English).

Becoming Animal heisst der neue Essayfilm des schweizerisch-kanadischen Regisseurs Peter Mettler. Darin denkt er nicht nur – zusammen mit dem Philosophen David Abrams über das Verhältnis Mensch-Tier nach, er lässt die Zuschauer sogar dank Mini-Kamera mit den Augen eines Raben die Welt sehen.”

You can also read articles on the film in the Swiss publications Pro Natura, Kraftbaum-Podcast, Filmbulletin, Tages-Anzeiger, and Tages-Anzeiger Züritipp.

Peter Mettler Retrospective at Kino Xenix, Zürich

This November, Kino Xenix presents a retrospective of Peter Mettler’s films, including Eastern Avenue (1985), Balifilm (1997), Picture Of Light (1994), The Top Of His Head (1989), Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009), The End Of Time (2012), Becoming Animal (2018), The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy (2009, dir. Peter Liechti), Broken Land (2014, directed by Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter), and the live performance document YoshtoYoshto (2017), in collaboration with Jeremy Narby and Franz Treichler.

View the complete Kino Xenix programming for November 2018 here to find out specific dates and showtimes!


"You cannot ask for more from the cinema than Peter Mettler offers. Overwhelmed by his films, spellbound in a comprehensive sensual experience that one can describe only inadequately. Similar to that concert, that journey, that landscape, that animal or human encounter that overwhelms, takes hold of; 'I was blown away', it is said, almost apologetically, because the words are missing in order to make the person's own experience halfway understandable. But «hin und weg» ('back and forth') is a beautiful expression in German, to describe the perception in the moment, since you were present in full consciousness carried away and yet absent-mindedly stepped away, divining that the subconscious plays along.

"In Peter Mettler's films, it can happen that you drift off in a kind of trance, get stuck in a cloudscape, a techno party or in a lava flow, and come to your own memories and dreams come to mind. The filmmaker is well aware of this drifting away and daydreaming of the audience – sometimes he calls with a fine break fresh attention. Respectfully he insists on the artificiality of the cinema situation, which can never replace an immediate experience of nature: 'Are you cold yet?', he asks us viewers, while in PICTURE OF LIGHT (1994) we wait for the northern lights in the cold of the Canadian Arctic. In almost all of his works, from the early short films to the terrific film essays GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD (2002) or THE END OF TIME (2012), there are moments such as an ironic finger snap of God (who is known to be a director or DJ) in a state of complete rapture and ecstasy.

"Mettler's films offer more than can generally be expected in the cinema: no escapism and numbness of the senses, but a formidable school of perception, associative visions and ideas for a sharpened awareness, encouragement for an open mind. Mettler does not conceive of himself as an omniscient author and narrator, but more as a constantly searching traveler, as an intuitive mediator, as a medium or filter, walking through the world with his camera, 'as if I were a musical instrument,' as he once said: 'Tuning is thematically oriented, based on an idea or a feeling.' Consequently, he understands the cutting of the collected material visually and acoustically as a kind of composing music: Instead of linearly telling a story, his films are meant to break conceptual thinking and create moods that lie beyond rational and linguistically namable truths. 'Movies are my way of interacting with the world and trying to understand them,' he says. Always trying to get on the track of the indescribable, the incomprehensible.

"Mettlerism, Mettlerama or Mettlervision has already been referred to as Peter Mettler's style, predicates for a cinematic universe reserved for the very big ones in world cinema – see 'Lynchesque' or 'Lynchean' in the case of David Lynch. The eerie intermediate worlds full of dark intuitions in which Lynch's films play have been explored by Mettler himself in his early fiction films: in THE TOP OF HIS HEAD (1989), for example, he has a young satellite antenna salesman derailed by a mysterious performance artist and discover new worlds on a hallucinatory journey. The disturbing and bewitching film with the music of Fred Frith allows an idea of what the Canadian-Swiss artist, raised in a suburban airport near Toronto, would probably do for feature films today. But unlike fellow filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan or Jeremy Podeswa, Mettler turned away from feature films and the commercial demands of the film industry, focusing instead on a radically free form of 'poetic documentarism' beyond labels.

"His network has always expanded Mettler's scope, through friendships with filmmakers and musicians, but also with anthropologists, philosophers and researchers of many kinds. Collaborations in his works are not the exception, but the rule. The latest team effort is BECOMING ANIMAL, an intoxicatingly coherent reflection on the relationship between humans and animals, technology and nature, which he realized with Scottish filmmaker Emma Davie and American environmental researcher David Abram. At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, they are approaching the unfathomable communications network of animals, plants, rocks, and other elements of the biosphere, whose interaction we humans only have the slightest idea about - a phenomenal expansion of consciousness.

"'Watching Peter Mettler' is a stroke of luck just in time for the filmmaker's sixtieth birthday. The program includes not only his congenial cooperation with the meteorologist and photographer Andreas Züst, but fortunately also the last work with another longtime, deceased Swiss friend: Peter Liechti, whose apartment in the Atelierhaus Birli took over Mettler in the appenzellian forest as a European second home. In Liechti's masterpiece THE SOUND OF INSECTS, Mettler speaks with his unmistakably gentle voice the diary of the man who starves to death in a forest hut. The ultimately life-affirming cinematic near-death experience breathes, to the buzz of insects, the spirit of Mettler's cinema vision of 'beyond' - the meaningful English word means beyond and beyond, but also beyond and beyond. Or as a kind of calendar, saying: who embraces life in all its apparitions, death never needs to fear. Mettler's fluid delimitation of the film form was a cause for concern, once wrote the film critic Martin Schaub. Mettler knows this best himself and therefore recommends the audience to relax: 'Just relax, listen, look and see.' That remains valid – continue."

– Marcel Elsener (Translated from German, original version available here).

Manufactured Landscapes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Manufactured Landscapes (2006, dir. Jennifer Baichwal, cinematography by Peter Mettler) will be presented at The Art Gallery of Ontario in conjunction with the Anthropocene exhibition by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. Book tickets here!

Wednesday, October 24th @ 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 @ 5:00 pm

Manufactured Landscapes is a feature documentary that follows renowned artist Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China photographing the evidence and effects of that country's massive industrial revolution. The Three Gorges Dam, factory floors a kilometre long and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai's urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera. Shot in Super-16mm film, the documentary extends the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, meditating on human impact on the planet without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.  Photo by Edward Burtynsky.

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Edward Burtynsky.

Peter Mettler Retrospective at Tribute to a Vision, Italy/Slovenia

From October 15–22, Kinotelje Festival will be hosting Tribute To A Vision 2018, featuring a complete retrospective of the films of Peter Mettler in conjunction with the Darko Bratina Award. This event spans multiple cities across the border of Italy and Slovenia, and includes a master class presentation and live performance.

For details, visit Kinoatelje’s website or the Facebook event page. A complete list of film screenings is available here.


Peter Mettler gave a masterclass at Tribute to a Vision 2018, in advance of receiving the Darko Bratina Award. View the complete livestream here.

“Peter Mettler: Radicalized Cineasta (Insomnia, A Terrorist)”

Text by Denis Valič on Peter Mettler’s films

Commissioned for Tribute To A Vision Festival 2018. Translated from Italian; original version in Italian and Slovenian available here.

I would venture to say that Peter Mettler is one of those filmmakers who for one or the other reason really know many (at least by hearsay): whether for his valid reflections on contemporary society and on the obsessions of the same, or for the his continuous analysis of the role that technology plays in the creative process and in many aspects of our life; that both for his witty and discerning mix and intertwine his own cinematographic creative process with other artistic disciplines and means of expression, or simply for the numerous well-known artists with whom he collaborated (from the musician Fred Frith to the theatrical authority Robert Lapage ), or, why not, perhaps for its almost bizarre obsession with science and the fundamental questions that it opens up, or simply because Mettler is a unique and deeply unconventional cinematographic author. However, at the same time, very few understand it.

In almost four decades of his film career he has in fact generated a wildly varied and surprisingly multiform production, without neglecting the fact that it is also quantitatively impressive. The unity of his works, at first sight perhaps not so directly (and certainly not intuitively) perceptible, we realize only by looking at his filmography in the light of his crucial decision and turning point: that of continuing to work, for the whole his career and without exception, outside the institutional production environments, in the name of complete creative freedom. Mettler has therefore consciously embraced the greater difficulty, unpredictability and commitment required by these production conditions. And it is considering this that, turning once again to the totality of his creations, we will suddenly see what we would not expect from certain facts and behaviors: we will be amazed by the creative continuity of Mettler despite its production conditions being not the most encouraging, and its almost workaholic efficiency in realizing and realizing its ideas and visions. It is therefore evident that in his creative process the conditions of production do not even remotely have the decisive role they play in the works of other authors, who are not so abandoned to themselves. So it is not surprising that Mettler has refused them so easily and apparently without delay. It is therefore a "loss" that Mettler evidently has not even warned, which has granted him a single but fundamental key element and allowed him to reach the one that without difficulty we recognize as the only - absolutely not negligible - condition of his process creative, that is to say, working on the conditions and in the spirit of total creative freedom which is precisely the absence of any external pretension, expectation or imperative, as well as the exclusion of the figures which, in the context of institutional production, constantly accompany creation; possible.

The direct and indirect consequences of this choice of the author, or rather of this almost obvious position that allows him to work in complete freedom from the creative point of view, pervade all his production and each of his creations, each plan and each phase of the his creative process, and finally also numerous aspects of his intimate relationship with his films, as well as his reflections on cinematography and its expressive means. These consequences are manifested in all their power and drama, for example, already on the level of the formal setting of his works. So the viewer who is about to know his films will seem at first glance (with that very first look still superficial and too "far") to categorize them in two defined sense groups, simply subdividing them into documentaries and fiction films. Well, these would understand very soon - to a slightly more careful observation - how unexpectedly the size of their error is. Each work by Mettler is in fact markedly or barely perceptible, but still distinguishable - different from the others. But we are concrete and immerse ourselves in the bulk of his works. We will find more or less classical documentaries (Picture of Light / Image of light) but also extremely experimental (Petropolis), experiments in fiction features that, in dealing with the problem of heroin addiction, ask questions about the nature and levels of perception, on our individual and social identity, and on the probable appearance of consciousness in that technology that allows us to tell through images (his first feature film Scissere - passed to history as the first student film to be included in the official program of the Toronto festival ), particular adaptations of theatrical works completely freed from the constraints of the form, in which it represents and reflects on the dramatic conflict between history, culture and human desires (Tectonic Plates), documentaries with socio-political inclinations, almost activistic, on current problems ecological (still Petropolis), and finally we find still ope These are hardly classifiable in which they are explored hardcore philosophical questions originating from the intersection of the animal world with the human one (Becoming Animal / Becoming Animal, to date his latest work).

Until a few days ago I thought I was a fairly good Mettler connoisseur. But then I began, slowly and gradually but continuously, with each new approach to the work, to discover dark areas, incredibly numerous, behind which hides aspects of his creativity completely unknown to me, and to notice ever more clearly that so far I was only bluffing more or less well. And now I find myself confused in front of this profound precipice that is its production, and I wonder if it still makes sense to invent and develop strategies of discovery in front of this collection of filmic images, stories and reflections, unconventional, sometimes extreme , but always bright. In fact, this escapes in a spontaneous and clear manner, in body and soul, to any categorization and systematization, which seems almost more sensible and practical to simply be transported by it. Peter Mettler was born in Canada - where he is considered (together with colleagues and collaborators A. Egoyan, B. McDonald and others) among the most important and original representatives of the movement, which originated in Ontario in the eighties, of new, so-called critics, filmmakers Canadians - but, as he himself always remembers, he feels a strong creative bond with his second homeland, Switzerland, where his parents were born (and here we add that both nations are strongly determined to take possession of it: it is not clear if lend themselves to each other or if one of them has appropriated his heart, the other of his vivacious neurons). The author creates, dividing himself between two houses and two homelands, and therefore he has made the necessity of confronting with borders and subdivisions virtues: he has placed it at the center of his own intimate creative world and has made his mission to go beyond borders. at the same time their own creative creed. He is awarded the Darko Bratina Award 2018. The filmmaker will be the main protagonist of this year's edition of the Poklon viziji / Homage to a vision, and between October 15 and 22 will present his works in seven cities cross-border area between Slovenia and Italy, including also Ljubljana. While on Tuesday 16 October in Gorizia, Mettler will conduct a daily masterclass at the Palazzo del Cinema (to find out more: kinoatelje.it). If you are enthusiastic about and challenge the challenge of diversity and creativity, based on the awareness of the need to overcome any and all limits, boundaries or divisions, do not miss the meeting with Mettler.

Source: https://www.kinoatelje.it/it/novice/2018101007134292/peter_mettler_cineasta_radicalizzato_(insomma_un_terrorista)

Peter Mettler’s films now available on Vimeo On Demand!

Peter Mettler’s films are now available for streaming rental or purchase through Vimeo On Demand.

View everything from the early short poetic features Scissere (1982) and Eastern Avenue (1985), the experimental dramas The Top Of His Head (1989) and Tectonic Plates (1992), and the epic documentaries Picture of Light (1994), Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), Petropolis (2009), and The End of Time (2012). All available in HD, with newly remastered image restorations of Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD.


Upcoming screenings of Becoming Animal for Fall 2018

Becoming Animal continues its festival tour! Co-director Emma Davie will be present at the following upcoming screenings, marking the film’s North American premiere:

USA premiere at Imagine Science Film Festival, The Rubin Museum, New York City – Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00pm. Buy tickets here!

Canadian premiere at Planet In Focus Film Festival, Innis Town Hall, Toronto – Saturday, October 27th, 9:30pm. Buy tickets here!

Dutch premiere at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Masters Selection - November 14–25th, schedule TBA soon. Details here!


Becoming Animal also begins a multi-city theatrical exhibition in Switzerland in October, distributed via Outside the Box. Peter Mettler will be in attendance at the following screenings, which will be accompanied by a Q&A:

October 24th – RiffRaff, Zürich
October 25th – Rex Bern
October 26th – Cameo Winterthur
October 27th – Kinok, St.Gallen
October 28th – Bourbaki, Lucerne
November 1st – Stadtkino, Basel

Ticket info and details to be posted soon!

View the trailer for Becoming Animal posted by Outside the Box.

Tribute to a Vision: Peter Mettler at Kinoatelje Film Festival 2018


This fall Peter will be honoured with a series of retrospective screenings as part of "Tribute to a Vision" (Omaggio a una visione; Poklon vizji) at Kinoatelje Film Festival. Hosted in various locations in Italy and Slovenia, the event will take place in October 2018 and include screenings of many of Mettler's films, including the new restorations of Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD, as well as his most recent film, Becoming Animal.

October 15, Palazzo del cinema, Gorizia – screening and discussion, Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002)

October 16, Palazzo del cinema, Gorizia – Masterclass and award ceremony with Peter Mettler, featuring screenings of The End of Time (2012), Broken Land (2014), and Becoming Animal (2018)

October 17, Kuturni dom, Nova Gorica – screenings and discussion, Picture of Light (1994), Lancalot Freely (1980), and Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)

October 18, Cinema Visionario, Udine – screenings and discussion, Tectonic Plates (1992), Becoming Animal (2018)

October 19, ISK & SMO, San Pietro al Natisone – screening and discussion, Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)

October 19, Teatro San Giorgio, Udine – Live image mixing performance by Peter Mettler, in collaboration with Forma Free Music Impulse and Contemporanea

October 20, Teatro Miela, Trieste – screening and discussion, Eastern Avenue (1985), Balifilm (1997)

October 21, Art kino Odeon, Izola – screening and discussion, The Top of His Head (1989)

October 22, Slovenska kinoteka, Ljubljana – screenings and discussion, Scissere (1982), Becoming Animal (2018)


Peter Mettler in person at MIDBO 2018, Bogotá

Peter Mettler will present multiple films at the 20th Muestra Internacional Docmental de Bogotá, in Columbia from October 3–6, 2018.


Becoming Animal at Open City Docs, London

Wednesday September 5, 6:45pm - with Emma Davie and Peter Mettler in person!

"In this immersive, visually inventive film, directors Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) journey into Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park with philosopher and cultural ecologist David Abram, searching for the liminal spaces where humans and animals meet. Challenging our human-centric view of the natural world, this subversive nature film uses cinema’s sensory tools to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, proposing—through expressionistic visuals and stimulating narration—that a better balance can be achieved. An essay film unlike any other, Becoming Animal is an sublime sensorial experience and an inspiring, intellectual one too."


Becoming Animal at DokuFest, Prizren

Becoming Animal screens three times this August at DokuFest, Kosovo's premier documentary film festival. Details here!


Interview with José Teodoro in Brick: A Literary Journal

Peter Mettler is interviewed about the making of Picture of Light by Toronto-based author and playwright José Teodoro in the May 2018 issue of Brick: A Literary Journal. Read it online for free here!

"We didn’t know how to film the northern lights. We brought the gear, but we didn’t know how bright the lights were. [...] We’d shoot according to these hypotheses and then develop the images in the bathroom. You see a moment of that in the film, us landing on a ballpark figure for the exposure. I thought the process of getting the northern lights on film was interesting in its own right, though I didn’t yet know what the film was about..."

Peter Mettler in person at Doc Montevideo

Peter Mettler will attend Doc Montevideo in Uruguay (July 20-26, 2018) to present a selection of his films in person and conduct a master class.

Picture of Light screening on July 23rd
Becoming Animal screening on July 26th
Master Class Documentary Seminar with Peter Mettler on July 26th

Read an article in Busqueda on Peter's appearance at Doc Montevideo here (in Spanish).


Picture of Light at Maine International Film Festival

Saturday, July 21, 9:30pm / Waterville Opera House / Buy Tickets
Sunday, July 22, 3:30pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets

Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights. We see them in Maine in winter—if we’re very lucky. But you see them more reliably and more spectacularly as you head north. So that’s what Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler and his brave crew did to make Picture of Light, shown here in a new restoration so those lights haven’t faded. Mettler heads to to Canada’s arctic in search of one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the film crew’s comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the spectacular light show of the Northern Lights on celluloid. But, non-spoiler alert: they do!

Screening info here.


Reviews of Becoming Animal now online!


"Something actually new and full of life came in the form of freewheeling audiovisual essay Becoming Animal, a collaboration between Scottish filmmaker Emma Davie and Swiss-Canadian Peter Mettler. With input from philosopher David Abram and shot in one of North America’s most intact ecosystems, the film explores notions of animism and the effects of language on our perception of the natural world. Although a largely meditative experiment, some surprising late shifts in the cinematography, in which the camera appears strapped to one of the park’s flying residents, brought to mind the more visceral documentary Leviathan (2012). The soundscapes, in particular, make a big-screen viewing recommended." Read Josh Slater-Williams on highlights at the Edinburgh Film Festival in BFI's Sight and Sound

"Mesmerising and immersive, Becoming Animal is an exercise in hypnotic induction, in which Davie, Mettler and Abram attempt to deconstruct psychological, linguistics and technological barriers in order to facilitate a meeting not of minds or souls but of kin. It’s one thing to record the natural world; it’s quite another to reconcile it." Read Steven Neish's review of Becoming Animal at HeyUGuys

"Thanks to Mettler and Davie for their 'fantastic naivety'... It serves not to lose consciousness, but to expand it... You have to see Becoming Animal in the cinema... Phenomenal and mind-expanding!" Read Marcel Elsener's review of Becoming Animal in Saiten Magazine (in German)

"A cinematic experience that is both intellectual and sensual; although in its density at times somewhat overwhelming, something succeeds that is extremely rare in the cinema: it literally and not just temporarily changes your own perception.  [...] Perception is, at least in 'nature', always a reciprocal process in which man is only a small part of a huge network, to which animals, plants and also 'inanimate' objects belong like stones. Abram creates a kind of modern animism – the very first of all religions, created in pre-linguistic times – that Mettler and Davie succeed in translating into cinematic language." Read Dominic Schmid's article on Filmexplorer (in German)

"Genuinely eye-opening... A fascinating, thought-provoking and pleasingly free-wheeling film." – Barry Didcock, Herald Scotland

Filmfest München presents Becoming Animal

German Premiere of Becoming Animal at Filmfest München!

July 30 - 20:00 - Atelier 2
July 1 - 15:30 - Münchner Freiheit 3

"A herd of elk cross the road, indifferent to the traffic jam they're creating. How do animals see people and how do people see animals, including the animals within themselves? Filmmakers Emma Davie and Peter Mettler travel with philosopher David Abram to Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming to search for the answers to these and other questions. Using the latest highly sensitive camera technology, they observe the animals – from snails to birds to, well, calmly wandering elk – living their lives."

For more info visit https://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/en/programm/filme/film/?id=5781.


Edinburgh International Film Festival presents Becoming Animal

Announcing the UK Premiere of Becoming Animal at Edinburgh International Film Festival! Tickets available at edfilmfest.org.uk

June 21, 2018 - 18:15 - Filmhouse 1
June 23, 2018 - 13:10 - VUE Omni

"Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinctive sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) with philosopher David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous) to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. A subversive nature film in which our senses are piqued as we bear witness the so-called natural world, which, in turn, witnesses us."

Bildrausch Filmfestival presents Becoming Animal


Swiss Premiere of Becoming Animal
June 2, 2018 - 13.45 - Stadtkino Basel
June 3, 2018 - 17.20 - Stadtkino Basel

"Its antlers are stately, its gaze penetrating. There it stands and looks at us, the elk, in the middle of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which is its home. It is a world where the creatures that infinitely enrich the region have precedence, and where we cautiously immerse ourselves – be it from a bird’s eye view, or very close-up, grasping the animals directly with our senses, like a snail that extends its tentacles to feel its surroundings. It is only in this way, the essay film by Emma Davie (I am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) declares, that we can establish relationships between what we are and what surrounds us: human beings and animals, space and time, body and intuition. Together with the philosopher and radical thinker David Abram, the Scottish documentary filmmaker and her Canadian-Swiss colleague embark on a fascinating sensory exploration of nature, using observations and reflections to bring the viewer back to the point where the mutual dependency and interaction between human and animal forces are once again made tangible. In close contact with buffaloes, ravens, hot springs and rustling forests, they reach amazing insights and perspectives about the here and now as well as about its many pre-histories." Directors in attendance, tickets available at https://goo.gl/1gdDCw


May 9–10, 2018 : Spanish Premiere of Becoming Animal

"Nature sees itself through our eyes," explains philosopher David Abram in this brilliant three-part essay. The captivating and almost tactile images get interrelated sensorially as the reflections get dispersed out, providing us insight into a philosophy in which intuition, phenomenology and a critique of anthropocentrism are the pillars of thought and life. (DV) documentamadrid.com
Directors in attendance!

Docs Against Gravity presents Becoming Animal

May 13, 16, 20, 2018 – Warsaw, Poland
May 14, 2018 – Wrocław, Poland


Docs Against Gravity presents the Polish premiere of Peter Mettler’s newest film, Becoming Animal.

Shot in and around Grand Teton National Park, this immersive, palpably rendered audiovisual essay draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and Emma Davie (I am Breathing) and philosopher David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous) to forge a path into the places where humans and animals meet, where we pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us. Over a soundscape of shivering leaves and animal murmurs, rushing rivers and electronic voices, insects and automobiles, Becoming Animal embraces the sensory tools of cinema allowing us to behold inquisitive antelope and digital billboards; Buffalo block traffic while moose clash antlers and a snail’s body becomes a landscape of its own. Conscious of their own complicity with the animal world, the filmmakers invite us to explore this “more than human world”and recognize it for what it is: an exquisitely intricate system in which everything is alive and expressive, humans, animals and landscapes are inextricably interdependent, and there is no such thing as empty space.

Tickets available at docsag.pl.


Doc Films Festival presents Picture Of Light

April 2 - 19:00 - The University of Chicago


Part of our Monday series, Beyond "Hollywood North": Contemporary Canadian Voices and Visions.

In the early 90s, director Mettler, Swiss meteorologist Andreas Zuest, and a tiny crew traveled to Churchill, Manitoba on an elusive and notoriously challenging quest to capture the famed Aurora Borealis on film. A mesmerizing, visually stunning portrait of a phenomenon so widely known yet experienced by so few, Picture of Light is a poetic work about technology and nature, the ephemeral, its representability, and the creation of images. docfilms.org

Yoshtoyoshto Live Performance at CPH:DOX

March 17 - 19:00 - Charlottenborg
Program Note: A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist merge images, sound and knowledge into an alchemistic live improvisation.

The filmmaker and old friend of CPH:DOX Peter Mettler is back at the festival with his film 'Becoming Animal'. But what's more, he is also performing live with the anthropologist Jeremy Narby and the musician Franz Treichler (the frontman of the legendary industrial band Young Gods). The three friends let their talents meet in an improvisational performance with hypnotic live VJing, trance-like soundscapes and spoken word. The name Yoshtoyoshto refers to the distorted and metaphorical language that the Amazon people Yaminahua sing when they try to contact yoshi – the invisible beings that according to their beliefs give life to all things living. By feeding off each other's presence and the material, sonic and oral impressions they leave on the space, the three gentlemen become the medium for an insight into the world's 'Unconscious'. Live performance tickets available online.

Gambling, Gods and LSD at CPH:DOX

March 18 - 15:15 - Charlottenborg / March 24 - 23:15 - Gloria
Program Note: One of the last fifteen years' most magnificent and visionary documentaries is a monument to ecstasy as a source of happiness - and new knowledge.

If you did not yet see Peter Mettler's masterpiece at the very first edition of CPH:DOX in 2003, you have the opportunity to do so this year, where we celebrate the world premiere of his and Emma Davies's 'Becoming Animal' with a special screening of the film that set new, visionary standards for documentary originality. 'Gambling, Gods and LSD' is about achieving happiness and a deeper insight through ecstasy. A picturesque cinematic travel journal from America via Europe to India. And from philosophy and religion via rave parties to a conversation with Albert Hofmann – the chemist who invented LSD. Mettler's journey around the world starts in his home town of Toronto with a Christian cult, which dances and sings its way into the ether, and ends with a visit to a laughter club in Mumbai. A happy ending? For Mettler, travelling is the journey's actual goal, and he has a highly unusual openness for accepting what comes his way. Three hours of thought-provoking grandeur, which in itself will lift your spirits, maybe even make you ecstatic – and certainly leaves you with new knowledge about the great, mad world we live in.

CPH:DOX presents Picture of Light

March  18 - 19:00 - Charlottenborg

In search of northern lights, in a beautiful and philosophical film from the end of the world, with music by Jim O'Rourke.

Since the dawn of time, Aurora Borealis – or just northern lights – have invited the imaginations among the few lucky people, who have had the opportunity to experience the phenomenon at first hand, to go rampant. And even though modern science today can explain what we see, the magic remains the same. 'Picture of Light' was one of the first films that actually immortalised the delicate waves of northern lights. Created during an expedition far out in the Canadian wilderness with an excentric meteorologist and a small film crew, where the journey – as always with Peter Mettler – is both an adventure in itself and a tribute to the freedom of thought. 'We live at a time when things don't seem to exist if they are not captured as an image. But if you look into darkness with your eyes closed, you can see the reflection of light on your retina – much like the flickering of northern lights, much like the movement of thought.' A magnum opus among the films that paved the way for the breakthrough of modern documentary filmmaking. Tickets available, director in attendance.

World Premiere of Becoming Animal at CPH:DOX

March 20 - 19:00 - Grand Teatret / March 22 - 10:00 - Cinemateket / March 24 - 17:00 - Gloria

Program Note: A visionary field trip to Wyoming's wild and vast nature becomes a philosophical reevaluation of our relationship with the world that surrounds us.

By examining the relationship between man and the other species we share the planet with, we have opened up new ways to understand our place in the world. 'Becoming Animal' is an attempt to give some of these new ways of thinking a cinematic form. An essay based on a 'field trip' to Wyoming's wild nature, in the company of the bio-philosopher David Abram and the two visionary filmmakers Emma Davie and Peter Mettler. And with an abundance of bison, moose and birds. Both form and thought are unchained in a film that ends up moving (far) beyond man's self-centred view of nature, and into a state of almost psychedelic receptiveness. As Mettler asks: are language and modern technology a barrier or an open door between us and the world that surrounds us? And what about the film medium itself? Throughout his many years as a filmmaker, Mettler has dealt with abstract phenomena such as northern lights, ecstasy and time itself, and with Davie and Abram as travelling companions, 'Becoming Animal' (which is named after Abram's landmark book) is a film that makes you see things with slightly different eyes. Tickets available, directors in attendance.


March 23 - 10:30 - Cinemateket
Program Note: In the hands of the Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler, abstract topics such as northern lights, time, ecstasy and most recently the relationship between human beings and animals turn into inspiring philosophical opuses, which push the film medium to its utmost limits and look like nothing else. And on top of it all, he's a really nice guy! Meet him for a master class on using the film medium's special qualities as the basis for new knowledge and artistic explorations. The brand new 'Becoming Animal' (co-directed by Emma Davie) is premiered at this year's festival. And on top of that, Mettler is this year's Artist in Focus in our Science programme, where we show two of his main works. Tickets available online.

Architextures New Year's Day 2018 Marathon After-Party

“It’s that time again… 2017 is starting to unravel to make way for 2018. As usual we’ll be celebrating the first day of the year with style! Starting at 12 noon New Year's Day and continuing straight through into the evening again, our stellar line-up of DJs and VJs represents the most dedicated of Architechs through the years, all more than ready to keep the party vibe going … and going … This is your one stop destination for all-day-long after party shenanigans!! Visuals by Peter Mettler and crew.”




“Focus Peter Mettler Expanded” at Porto/Post/Doc

December 1-3, 2017 - Porto, Portugal

From the Porto/Post/Doc website: “The Focus Peter Mettler Expanded is dedicated to the Swiss-Canadian filmmaker and will screen his three major documentaries: Picture of LightGambling, Gods and LSD and The End of Time. The work of Mettler is a reflection on the human condition and on time, trying to discuss central themes of the contemporary existence. This focus will be complemented by the Yoshtoyoshto performance, from the metaphorical language found in the Yaminahua tribe, which lives in the Amazon. It is a musical and visual experience on the ambiguity of language and our world, shared by Mettler, but also Franz Treichler (of The Young Gods) and anthropologist Jeremy Narby.”

For more information visit the PortoPost/Doc website.

Read an interview with Peter Mettler by Daniel Ribas & Catarina Maia.


Picture of Light at Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe

December 1, 2017 - A Coruña, Spain

Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe presents Picture Of Light. For more information visit https://goo.gl/mxfkWY.


“Afterimage: Peter Mettler” at BAMPFA

Afterimage: Peter Mettler, at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

November 1–5, 2017 - Berkeley, California

A Canadian of Swiss heritage, Toronto-based filmmaker Peter Mettler uses the imagistic quality of cinema to express metaphysical concerns. In his distinctive body of work as a director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and sound designer, he combines structural rigor with aesthetic freedom and an intuitive sensibility, balancing an intimately human connection to his subjects with large-scale ruminations on the meaning of life.

“Mettler’s Picture of Light utilizes a modified camera mechanism to record the beauty and mystery of the aurora borealis in the night sky of northern Canada. Manufactured Landscapes, for which Mettler was the cinematographer and a creative collaborator, reveals the human toll and environmental waste associated with our consumer-driven economy. Commissioned by Greenpeace, Petropolis pulls back far enough from its perspective on the Alberta Tar Sands mining project to offer a meditation on this ecological horror. And, despite its globetrotting location shooting and use of computer-generated imagery, The End of Time never departs from Mettler’s direct and personal engagement with the people, places, and phenomena he depicts.

“Bay Area–based film critic Michael Fox will join Mettler in conversation after two screenings. Mettler also offers valuable insights into his use of the language of cinema at a presentation of Manufactured Landscapes as part of our In Focus program, helping to kick off the series The Art of Cinematography.” Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator, BAMPFA


Picture of Light at Windsor International Film Festival

November 1, 2017 - Windsor, ON, Canada

Free screening of Picture Of Light!


Petropolis at Planet in Focus

October 21, 2017 - Toronto, Canada

Planet in Focus Film Festival presents a curated history of environmental filmmaking in Ontario. Along with other films, an excerpt of Petropolis will be presented by programmer Marc Glassman.


Teledivinity at Harbourfront Center Theatre as part of Dual Light


October 19–21, 2017 - Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto

Dual Light is presented by Dreamwalker's artistic director Andrea Nann, in creation with dance artists and fellow performers, Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue, Kristy Kennedy, and designers Simon Rossiter (lighting and scenography), Cheryl Lalonde (costume and scenography), Joshua Van Tassel (sound), AJ Morra (production and stage management), James Kendal (scenographic performer), and dramaturge Sarah Chase.

“A moving concept album about the space between things…”

An installation of Peter Mettler's Teledivinitry lightboxes will be on display as part of the performance.

The End Of Time at DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival

October 19, 2017 - Baku, Azerbaijan

DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival announces their inaugural international program, featuring The End Of Time. For more information, visit the festival’s website.


Pciture of Light at Edmonton International Film Festival

October 4, 2017 - Edmonton, Canada

Free screening of Picture Of Light at the Edmonton International Film Festival! For more information: https://goo.gl/uz9W2a


Photography by Peter Mettler published in Obacht Kultur Magazine

Peter Mettler is known for a diversity of work in image and sound mediums. His photographs from the Appenzell 2016 Cattle Show are featured in Obacht Kulture Magazin, Issue 28, 2017/2. You can download a PDF of the issue here (in German).


World premiere of Picture of Light remastered version at TIFF 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 3pm - Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox

We are proud to announce the newly remastered Picture Of Light will be showing at The Toronto International Film Festival!

To commemorate Canada 150, Picture Of Light was digitally restored by TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, Cinémathèque québécoise, and The Cinematheque in Vancouver. This work was made possible by presenting partners: The Government of Canada, The Royal Bank of Canada and The Government of Ontario, and by supporting partner Telefilm Canada. Restoration work was carried out at Technicolor Toronto, with soundtrack restoration by Lou Solakofski of Tattersall Sound and Picture, with collaborative input from by Peter Bräker, the film’s original sound designer, and supervised by Peter Mettler.

About Picture Of Light:

Peter Mettler’s attempt to capture the aurora borealis on film is a meditation on nature and technology, and on the very act of image-making itself. An exquisite exploration of civilization in extremis, the limits of cinematic apprehension, and the idea of north, Picture of Light marked a turning point in the singular career of Peter Mettler, forming a bridge between his more psychology-driven early films and his peripatetic magnum opus, Gambling, Gods and LSD. "I met a man who loves to watch the sky." Prompted by a challenge posed by Swiss polymath Andreas Züst — who would become both Picture of Light's executive producer and one of its enigmatic characters — this pre-digital expedition to capture the aurora borealis on celluloid follows Mettler and his cohort from their Toronto headquarters to Churchill, Manitoba, where forbidding weather yields downtime, which in turn yields fascinating encounters with local eccentrics, feats of mock bravado, and queries into technology, primal urges, and wonderment.

"Picture of Light confronts the ontological status of film, brandishing profundity, humour and many extraordinarily beautiful images." – Peter Urquhart, Reverse Shot

“Buoyed by the musical squalls of avant-rock savant Jim O'Rourke, visions of the sought-after meteorological phenomena arrive first in fleeting glimpses and, eventually, in sustained surveys roiling with supernatural dazzle. But Mettler's voiceover and finely sculpted odyssey-narrative, favouring questions over answers, ever cognizant of the distance dividing lived experience from film-as-beguiling-surrogate, leave us with a lingering sense that some crucial element in all this remains tantalizingly elusive.” – José Teodoro, TIFF 2017 Programme Guide

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Picture of Light at Cinefest Sudbury

September 22, 2017 - Sudbury, ON

Cinefest Sudbury presents a free screening of Picture Of Light. For more information: https://goo.gl/mbCHn4


Peter Mettler included in Imago Mundi exhibition

August 29th - October 29th / Venice, Italy

Imago Mundi Art is the collection of works commissioned by Luciano Benetton, all using a 10x12 cm canvas, which aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience. The exhibit is on display at the Palazzo Loredan in Venice, Italy, curated by Francesca Valente with Peter Mettler participating among 216 diverse Canadian artists.


Picture of Light at Gimli Film Festival

July 26 - 30 – Gimli, Manitoba

Gimli Film Festival will be screening Picture of LightRead the programmers picks here.


Open Air Summer Cinema in Warsaw

On July 21, Open Air Summer Cinema will be showing Picture of Light at Centrum Nauki Kopernik in Warsaw, Poland. For more information please contact: https://goo.gl/NUgD9W


Cheng² Duo performance with images by Peter Mettler

June 23, 2017 - National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Silvie plays the piano and Bryan the cello. Together the Ottawa siblings make up Cheng² Duo and together they are touring the world. On June 23 they’ll present a specially developed performance of music that they have commissioned that will speak to the five regions of Canada. Performance at the National Gallery of Canada, visuals by award-winning Canadian painters, photographers, and filmmakers, including Edward BurtynskyMercury FilmsArtless Collective / Aerials NorthPeter Mettler & Parks Canada.


YoshtoYoshto – Performance Trailer

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story.


A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off one another in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image.

This three-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. It engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

Amazonian Yaminahua people say all living beings are animated by yoshi, which are invisible, multi-faceted beings. To communicate with yoshi, they sing in an indirect and metaphoric language called “tsai yoshto yoshto,” “language twisting twisting”, or twisted language. Yaminahua people use twisted language to address the multi-faceted yoshi beings, because “normal words would crash into them”, whereas twisted words allow you to go in close, but not too close, to circle around them, and see them clearly. Here metaphor is not improper naming but the only naming possible.

Peter Mettler on International Competition Jury at DocumentaMadrid

Peter Mettler will participate as a jury member of DocumentaMadrid in Spain, May 4–14, 2017.

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ZK Collective Live in Ibiza

April 8, 2017 - Ibiza, Spain

Peter Mettler’s image mixing will be included as part of a live outdoor performance with ZK Collective.


Peter Mettler live performance with Sebastian Mullaert at Blue Dot

March 3, 2017 - Kitchener, Ontario 

Peter Mettler will be performing live visuals alongside Sebastian Mullaert of Minilogue at Blue Dot 2017.

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Peter Mettler included in “Out of the Bush Garden” exhibition

Imago Mundi is a collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries. Each of them has created a work whose only restriction is its 10x12cm format, contributing to the creation of a remarkable artistic geography.

In 2017, Imago Mundi is developing a new, broad and diverse collection dedicated to Canada: works that bring together the creativity and expressive cultures of artists from the central-eastern side of the country, including artists from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. From the complex and erratic mosaic of the canvases, the different cultural souls of this vast country emerge, as do the contamination and amalgamation of different languages, colours and forms. The collection aims to unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience. The goal is to catalogue works, inspirations and ideas, in order to pass down to future generations the widest possible mapping of the situation of human cultures at the start of the third millennium.

The Central-Eastern Canada: Out of the Bush Garden edition was curated by Francesca Valente with Peter Mettler participating among 216 diverse artists. His creation, Nest (2015), was constructed through a hand-crafted darkroom print using manually applied silver-halide emulsion. The print is augmented by a piece of mounted antimonite that comes from a rare large hydrothermal deposit in Romania. Antimonite has been used for centuries as Egyptian Kohl or eyeliner, for fireworks, and formerly in photographic flash compositions. The 17th century alchemist Eirenaeus Philalethes describes antimonite as a precursor to philosophical mercury, which was itself a hypothetical precursor to the “Philosopher’s Stone” - the legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals into gold that was also thought to be used for achieving immortality. Thus, the Stone symbolized perfection at its finest, enlightenment and heavenly bliss.

For more information preview the upcoming documentary directed by Laurie Kwasnik / Password: imagomundi

Imago Mundi is presented as a limited edition book that can be purchased at Fabrica and other online outlets.


Manufactured Landscapes at TIFF

January 14, 2017 – TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, ON

TIFF is hosting a free screening of Manufactured Landscapes on Saturday, January 14 as part of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.

The winner of the Best Canadian Feature from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, Manufactured Landscapes follows celebrated Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose large-scale studies present a stunning aesthetic dimension to the industrial conquest of nature.

Cinematographer and creative consultant Peter Mettler will be in attendance.


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Architextures New Years Marathon

New Year's Day Architextures Marathon After-Party at ROUND (152a Augusta Avenue) with local Toronto talent and live improvisational visual mixing by Peter Mettler.


Text on Eastern Avenue by Filmexplorer

Read an article on Eastern Avenue article by Giuseppe Di Salvatore on FILMEXPLORER 

"I must agree that this tapping of the unconscious, of reacting to the flow all around, remains essential and just out of reach of a defining intellect. It's as though there is a desire towards human perception before language - but of course our languages and technologies allow us to even ponder the position…" – Peter Mettler

TIFF’s Analog Inheritance

The Star reports on TIFF's analog inheritance. 

The festival is the beneficiary of a substantial collection of 16mm and 35mm prints including eleven Alfred Hitchcock classics. Other notable titles include The Big Lebowski (1998), Tod Browning’s Dracula (1931) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), along with Peter Mettler films.


Picture of Light at Istanbul Modern

Picture of Light will be screening on November 5 -6 in Turkey. Istanbul Modern is hosting a design and lighting oriented film program “Day, Light, Night”. The program features experimental works by various directors made around the theme of lighting.

Yoshtoyoshto and Peter Mettler Retrospective

Peter will unite with musician Franz Treichler (Vocalist of The Young Gods) and anthropologist Jeremy Narby (Author of The Cosmic Serpent) for three live performances of Yoshtoyoshto in Lausanne and Geneva. This 3-way mix of hypnotic technologies with oral tradition, transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. In so doing, it engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

Friday, November 18 - 20:00
Saturday, November 19 - 20:00

Théâtre de Vidy
Av. E.-H. Jaques-Dalcroze 5
CH - 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Thursday, November 24 - 20:30
Musée d'ethnographie de Genève - MEG
Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67, 
1205 Genève, Switzerland
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In parallel the Cinematheque Suisse will run a full Peter Mettler Retrospective from November 14 - December 22 in Lausanne. This includes student films, rarely seen early celluloid prints like the adaptation of Robert Lepage and Co's Tectonic Plates, collaborations and a special event screening of the new digital version of Gambling, Gods and LSD in Switzerland's largest Cinema Le Capitole

Download retrospective program guide (French) for full details. Peter Mettler in attendance.

Peter Mettler archive acquisition by TIFF Research Library

An exciting announcement from TIFF and the acquisition of four major print collections, one of which is the archive of Peter Mettler, which includes 16mm and 35mm printing elements from his early films, a substantial amount of production and personal creative documents, and decades worth of research.

“Thanks to TIFF, some of our own cinema heritage will be preserved, allowing future folk to look back upon particular gestures of expression and documentation, giving clues to the state of affairs and sensibilities from whence they themselves came. A phrase from my notebooks for The End of Time becomes relevant here: I ask of you the future to help explain the present while knowing that my questions are likely answers for mysteries of your past.” – Peter Mettler

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Peter Mettler at In/Future Festival, Cinesphere Ontario


Join Peter Mettler at In/Future, a festival of Art and Music at Ontario Place this September. In/Future is presented by ArtSpin in collaboration with Small World Music. In/Future will feature over 50 multidisciplinary art projects created and curated specially for the event, including two collaborative pieces with Peter Mettler, with renowned Toronto multimedia artists John Oswald and Tom Kuo.

"The Garden" is the first collaborative step in an exploration of outdoor audio/visual projections in an environment of lush vegetation with musician and installation artist, Tom Kuo. Presented during nighttime for the duration of the festival, from September 15-25th.

A decorative play of light, image and sound set within the layers of constructed and actual natural habitats that once served as an adventure ride for its visitors. The surrounding environment of thoroughfares for air, water and automobile nest this conflagration of wires and pulses that are altogether born of the elemental earth upon which one treads. During a walkabout through darkness and light, earthly primordial creation and human fantasy emerge in the night as images projected onto leaves or the mouth of a cavern, giving life and memory to a place that has in recent years gone unnoticed. 

"in/fo" is a collaboration between John Oswald and Peter Mettler, who will meet for the first time as improvising musician and live image-mixing performers at the confluence and scale of innerspace and outerspace. This event will take place September 18th, 7pm, at Ontario Place Cinesphere.

Moving into the future we see ever more deeply into cosmic reaches unimaginably far from our ground, but also into new and unfamiliar dimensions of perception, knowledge and awareness. Our image-making media lie at the crux of inner and outer exploration in that they have the potential to both document objective reality and subjective inner space, suggesting and discovering altered ways of being and seeing. - Peter Mettler

In this live performance, these two artists draw spontaneously from a large database of collected and self-produced movie and sound clips, mixing, editing, layering, and effecting them, much as two musicians might in performing an instrumental duet; effecting a dialogue between two mediums and two senses. There is no fixed plan, script or score, rather each reacts to the other, building a one-of-a-kind live audio visual experience. They will use as their base archival images drawn from some of Nasa’s cosmic recordings, highlighting machine mediated vision, autonomous spacecrafts, landing ports, and telescopes that travel back through time. This is paralleled by the media arts and entertainment industries’ huge variety of fanciful renderings of what might be found in the beyond. All together, with the artists reactions to and manipulations of this raw unpredictable material, the whole may coalesce into a reflection of our earthly yearning and imagination. The event will also feature presentations of Peter's recent short films, Traces Du Futur (2014, 3 min), and the condensed version of Petropolis (2009/2014, 15 min).


Picture of Light at Syros International Film Festival

July 28th to August 1st, 2016 – Syros, Greece

Picture of Light will be screened as part of the Syros International Film Festival at 23:00 on July 31, 2016. As part of an outdoor screening at Komito, curated by Pip Chodorov, "To See in a New Way".



Petropolis at VIS

The condensed version of Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands will be presented at VIS Vienna Independent Shorts Festival on May 27th, 7pm, at the Stadkino Im Künstlerhaus.

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From the Vortex Perspective at the TSO

Peter Mettler and composer Paul Frehner present FROM THE VORTEX PERSPECTIVE (World Premiere) as part of Two Memorials (for Anton Webern and John Lennon) at the TSO March 9. 

FROM THE VORTEX PERSPECTIVE is a commissioned piece for live cinema and orchestra derived through a cyclical exchange of musical and visual propositions between composer Paul Frehner and filmmaker Peter Mettler. The notion of rotation around an axis is at the heart of the work, both in reference to the process of its creation as well as in its thematic and musical content. Notions of humanity’s relationship to cycles, orbits and tides are implied through a variety of contexts, from experiential and environmental, to scientific and mystic.

As the conductor and orchestra interpret the music from Frehner’s score, so does Mettler perform the edits, mixes and combinations of cinematic sound and imagery, live to the music, projecting onto three different screens. Every rendering of the piece reveals a different combination and chemistry of image and orchestral performance.

FROM THE VORTEX PERSPECTIVE was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for presentation during their New Creations Festival 2016.

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Live Image Mixing at Burdock Brewery

Happy holidays! If you're in Toronto, check out the wabi holiday jam, featuring live image mixing by Peter Mettler alongside VJs Farbraumlenkungsaktiv and Kuro, and featuring DJs nitsuji, ozawa, task and otaku. At Burdock Brewery, 1184 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2. December 30, 2015, doors at 9pm.

The Whole Shebang

Peter Mettler performs a live film mix as part of THE WHOLE SHEBANG: TAKEN BY NIGHT 2015, November 26, 27 & 28th, 2015 - 918 Bathurst St. Toronto, presented by Dreamwalker Dance Company.

The Whole Shebang 2015 invites audiences into an enchanted, mysterious, multi-sensory, interdisciplinary performance experience as they journey through the hours of night.

Created by Andrea Nann and Helen Yung featuring artists: Sarah Chase, Brendan Wyatt, Kate Holden, Tom Kuo, Elysha Poirier, Clea Minaker, Lauren Gilles, Michael Ondaatje, Jenn E. Norton, Peter Mettler, Marie-Josee Chartier, Oh Susanna, Veronica Tennant, John Gzowski, Anne Bourne, Andy Maize, Joshua Van Tassel and Simon Rossiter.

Cinema Spoutnik in Geneva

GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD and THE END OF TIME will be presented at Cinema Spoutnik, Geneva, at 8:30pm on November 3rd, 2015 & 9:30pm on November 4th, 2015. GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD will be shown from a brand-new DCP print, premiering for the very first time in Europe. This event is part of GVA Sessions, organized by dance company Gilles Jobin, with Peter Mettler in person.

Retrospective at Doc Buenos Aires

Retrospective at DOC BUENOS AIRES, "Peter Mettler: Journeys through the Light", October 15-28th, 2015. With a Master Class "Peter Mettler: Cinema as Search and Discover," October 19th, 2015, 7pm at Universidad del Cine. Information on Mettler's Master Class in English and Spanish.

Peter Mettler to Jury at Imagine Science Film Festival

Peter Mettler will participate as a jury member of Imagine Science Film Festival NYC, Oct 16 - 24th, 2015.

Peter Mettler at Cern

Peter Mettler will participate in Quantum: Seminar & Research Workshop for Artists & Scientists -- GVA Sessions 2015 Made in Meyrin: "Choreography in the Quantum Space" taking place in CERN Laboratories, in Geneva, Switzerland, October 31st - November 6th, 2015. Guests and speakers: Gilles Jobin, Choreographer (CH), Nicholas Chanon, CERN physicist and CNRS researcher (FR), Monica Bello Head of Arts@Cern (ES), Carla Scaletti Composer and softwaredesigner @symbolicsound (USA), Minerva Muños Physicist and choreographer (MX), Peter Mettler Movie director (CAN), Sara Camnasio, astronomer (USA) + more TBC. Open to artists and scientists!


Peter Mettler debuted a new live audio-visual performance at VideoEx (Zürich) on May 30th, featuring acclaimed author and anthropologist Jeremy Narby and musician Franz Treichler (The Young Gods). Here is the trailer for YOSHTOYOSHTO, from the World Premiere at VideoEx in May 2015:

Upcoming Screenings of Petropolis

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands at The Power Plant Gallery, Toronto, as part of "Extraction Empire," curated by Charles Stankievech. 

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands in Bristol, UK, as part of the exhibition "Soil Culture."

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Yoshtoyoshto Live

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story.
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich
May 30th, 2015 - 10:30pm

A filmmaker, a musician and an anthropologist fuse their arts in a live alchemical improvisation, feeding off one another in real time, drawing from our shared human existence, saturated with knowledge, sound and image. This 3-way fusion mixes hypnotic technologies with oral tradition. It transforms and re-contextualizes self-made and collected materials. In so doing, it engages in a kind of divination of the mediated world’s ‘unconscious’.

Peter Mettler and Philip Groning in Conversation

A discussion curated by Yelling Five between filmmakers Philip Groning and Peter Mettler as they meet for the first time on stage.

Retrospective at DOCMA Madrid

DOCMA Madrid presents a retrospective and master class with Peter Mettler in person as part of their 3XDOC series this April! Featuring screenings of GAMBLING, GODS & LSD, SCISSERE, PICTURE OF LIGHT, BALIFILM, PETROPOLIS, and THE END OF TIME. View the programme info here.

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Peter Mettler at RIDM Montreal

Peter Mettler will be at RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival, from November 15-17, 2014, participating in the Talent Lab and a conference about Social Impact Through Documentary.

Master Class with Peter Mettler

Doc Institute presents: Master Class with Peter Mettler
Moderated by José Teodoro
Camera Bar (1028 Queen St W., Toronto)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm

This intimate professional development series focuses on the craft and art of documentary media. Celebrated documentary filmmakers and other acclaimed pros (including editors, cinematographers and sound design) share their expertise and experiences. Incorporating elements of narrative and experimental cinema, traditional documentary and essay, the films of Peter Mettler are bold and mesmerizing. Reflecting on his 30-year career, Mettler will speak to the art of improvisation in documentary filmmaking. Mettler will discuss his strategies for preparing for the unexpected and how he’s developed his instincts in the editing suite. Alternating between clips, conversation and practical advice, this master class will provide participants with insights into the working methods and philosophy of this truly singular filmmaker.

Peter Mettler will be an official jury member at Florence Festival Dei Popoli Documentary Festival, November 28th to December 5th, 2014. Read the festival jury statement here.

Peter Mettler will be performing live cinema at ROUND Venue (152A Augusta Ave. Toronto) as part of Archi-Textures on November 6th, 2014 with DJs Tom Kuo and Mike Lambert. Doors at 10pm.

Broken Land

The new film BROKEN LAND, by Stéphanie Barbey & Luc Peter (2014, 75 minutes, Switzerland) will receive its World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival's Semaine de la Critique on August 14th & 15th, 2014. Peter Mettler worked on BROKEN LAND as cinematographer and creative consultant and will be present at this premiere. http://www.brokenland.ch/

THE END OF TIME received the top prize for Best Photography at Ecofest – International Festival of Ecology Films – Romania 2014. Christian Williams also published an article on the film in Utne Reader.

Join our Peter Mettler Facebook Page! Like and share with friends to receive updates, contests and exclusive content in the months to come.

Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile

The films of Peter Mettler will be featured at Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile. BALIFILM, EASTERN AVENUE, GAMBLING, GODS & LSD, PICTURE OF LIGHT and THE END OF TIME will screen June 27-29, 2014. Full details and schedule here.

Watch Retrospective Online

WATCH Mettler’s online retrospective from April 21 to May 4 at DAFilms.com for FREE! Featuring BALIFILM, PICTURE OF LIGHT, SCISSERE, EASTERN AVENUE, GAMBLING GODS AND LSD, PETROPOLIS, AWAY and THE END OF TIME. 

Gimme Some Truth Documentary Film Festival

Peter Mettler will be participating in Winnipeg's Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival March 20-23: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7pm @ Cinematheque – screening of Picture of Light & Petropolis
Friday, March 21, 2014, 9pm @ Cinematheque – screening of End of Time
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 2:30pm @ UofW Convocation Hall – Personal & Political Filmmaking panel
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 11am @ Cinematheque – Master class

PETROPOLIS accompanies Neil Young Honor the Treaties Tour, a four concert tour that aims to raise environmental awareness and money for First Nations people affected by the rapidly expanding Alberta oilsands development. "It is the most devastating thing you will ever see." - Neil Young

Watch Honor the Treaties: Neil Young's 'Mother Earth' Video Exclusive on The Huffington Post.
Watch the condensed 15 minute version of Petropolis that accompanies the tour below.

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POV Magazine published a career-spanning interview by Marc Glassman in conjunction with the release of PETROPOLIS (2009).

PETROPOLIS: Interview with Peter Mettler

Time Out New York Review: THE END OF TIME,

Film Comment recently published Nothing But Time, an article about the films of Peter Mettler. 

For the latest information on Peter's new film, visit "The End of Time" website! 
For regular updates, "like" the film on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

End of Time in Detroit

THE END OF TIME screened in Detroit January 10/11/12 & 16th, 2014. 
*Unfortunately, Mettler was unable to attend the Detroit screening due to poor weather conditions but has plans to return in Spring 2014. 
Cinema Detroit



Upcoming Screenings

THE END OF TIME opens theatrically in NYC Friday November 29th, 2013 through Thursday December 5th, 2013 @ Film Society of Lincoln Center

UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, New York will host a workshop with Peter Mettler moderated by writer Giampaolo Bianconi on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will present PETROPOLIS: AERIAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ALBERTA TAR SANDS on November 13 at 7pm in the Corcoran’s Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

The White Light Festival in NYC will screen THE END OF TIME November 9 at 6:30pm in the Walter Reade Theatre. Q&A to follow. 

Film Society of Lincoln Center in NYC will present PICTURES OF LIGHT: a retrospective of Peter Mettler's work from November 8-12, 2013. 
Lincoln Center Press Release 

The Swiss Foundation of Photography in Winterthur, Switzerland will screen PICTURE OF LIGHT in alignment with a retrospective of Emil Schulthess on October 23 at 7:30pm. 

End of Time at Hanover Drive-In

THE END OF TIME under the stars!
Thurs, Aug 1 - 9 PM, Hanover Drive-In, town of Durham (two hours northwest of Toronto, ON, Canada.)
More info.

End of Time at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

The End of Time will screen at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans as part of the Dalai Lama Film Series between May 7-18. 
More Info.

Retrospective and Master Class

Between May 10-19 Planete + Doc Film Festival in Poland will present a retrospective of Peter's work, including a Master Class two art exhibitions and a Live Cinema performance with Fred Frith. For more information on which films will be shown click here.

Live Performance with Biosphere

Peter Mettler, this year’s Focus On subject at Hot Docs Festival and Norwegian musician, Biosphere will present a lyrical, spellbinding, live and improvised performance.

Live Cinema is a unique, unscripted artistic process that combines the editing and processing of raw visual materials and music into a singular viewing event.

April 28 at 7:30PM
The Royal Cinema, Toronto
For tickets click here.

Also catch screenings of some of Peter's earlier films.

Petropolis and Eastern Avenue will screen together on:

April 29 at 6:30PM
Innis Town Hall
For tickets click here.

Picture of Light will screen on:

May 2 at 6:30PM
Innis Town Hall
For tickets click here.


Special Effects in The End of Time

For a look at the technology behind the special effects sequence in The End of Time, check out this blog entry about the HD video mixing tool built in TouchDesigner by Derivative founder Greg Hermanovic. The piece includes an interview with Peter Mettler as well as an interview with Greg Hermanovic. 

Swiss Film Award Nomination

We're pleased to announce that The End of Time has been nominated for a Swiss Film Award in three categories: Best Documentary, Best Film Score and Best Cinematography! 
More info

The End of Time in Paris

The End of Time will screen in Paris, France. 
February 27, 2013
More info

Retrospective at Hot Docs

Hot Docs will pay tribute to Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler with this year’s Focus On retrospective.
More Info.

Peter Mettler on CBC

Peter recently spoke with Airplay - CBC Yukon about his latest film, THE END OF TIME. Listen to the short interview here.

Presentation and Discussion at Metro Cinema

If you're in Edmonton, join Metro Cinema and University of Alberta Film Studies professor Liz Czach for a free informal discussion/presentation with Peter Mettler. Covering his exploration-oriented personal documentary work such as PICTURE OF LIGHT and GAMBLING, GODS, AND LSD, as well as his latest film THE END OF TIME. 

Metro Cinema, Edmonton AB
Sat. Feb. 9 at 4PM
More info

Mettler will also be introducing and hosting a Q & A after a screening of THE END OF TIME.

Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7PM
More info

Presented in collaboration with FAVA, the Film and Video Arts Society; and with AMPIA the Alberta Media Productions Industries Association. 

End of Time at Canadian Film Institute

The End of Time screens at Ottawa's Canadian Film Institute. 
Thurs. Jan. 31, 2013 at 7pm. 
Mettler in Attendance.
More info

It also screen's at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center
Thurs. Jan. 31, 2013 at 8pm
More info

End of time in Dawson City

THE END OF TIME heads North

Feb 4 - 10, 2013
Peter Mettler in Attendance

The film will also screen in Dawson City, followed by a Q&A with Peter.
Feb 3, 2013 
More Info.

Also in Dawson City, Mettler will give an artist talk at the KIAC.
Feb 4, 2013

Recent Festival Screenings

Recent Festival Screenings:

April 16 - April 21, 2013

April 16 - April 21, 2013

BAFICI, Buenos Aires
Apr 10 - Apr 21, 2013
Peter Mettler in Attendance.

Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2013

Apr 5 - Apr 14, 2013

Mar 13 - Apr 14, 2013

Mar 21 - Mar 31, 2013

Mar 21 - Mar 24, 2013

Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2013

Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2013

Feb 4 - 10, 2013
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Jan 24 - 31, 2013

Jan 3 - 14, 2013
Peter Mettler in Attendance

The End of Time at TIFF

The End of Time
Canadian Theatrical Run - EXTENDED until January 13, 2013!

350 King St. West
Check Local Listings here.

Peter Mettler has completed his new feature length documentary, The End Of Time which had its North American premier at TIFF#2012(Toronto International Film Festival) and its World premier at Locarno Film Festival. where it was awarded the "Premio Qualita di Vita"!

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The End of Time Canadian Release

The End of Time
Canadian Theatrical Release Starts Dec. 12, 2012 

350 King St. West
Daily Showtimes: 12:15, 3:00, 6:15, 8:45
Check Local Listings here.

MONTREAL - Opens 12/12/12
3536 Saint Laurent Blvd
Check Local Listings here.

The film is also showing in theaters in Switzerland. Please check local venues for ongoing schedules. 

2012 Festival Screenings

Nov 30 - Dec 8, 2012
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2012
Festival Kaleidoscope
Producer, Ingrid Veninger in Attendence

Nov 14 - 25, 2012
Reflecting Images Masters
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Nov 10 - 17, 2012
International Competition 
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Nov 1 - 11, 2012
International Competition
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Nov. 8, 2012
Opening Night Film

Nov. 7, 2012
Opening Night Film
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2012
International Competition 
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Oct 23 - 28, 2012
Best World Documentary

Oct. 4 - 13, 2012
Wide Angle - Documentary Showcase

Sept. 27 - Oct. 12, 2012
Canadian Images

Sept 13 - 20, 2012
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Sept 6 - 16, 2012
Official Selection Masters
Peter Mettler in Attendance

August 1-11, 2012
World Premier
Peter Mettler in Attendance

Peter Mettler Interview at Festival del Popoli

Peter was recently interviewed while at the Festival del Popoli in Italy. Watch the video here.

The Seventh Art Interview

The Seventh Art interviewed Mettler during the festival. Here is an excerpt from YouTube:

Interview with Cinema Scope

Cinema Scope recently published an essay on the film followed by an interview with Mettler. Read it here.

Also have a look at this review of The End of Time by The Globe and Mail.

Mettler Working with Derivative Inc.

Mettler is also continuing work in the development of new image-mixing software with Greg Hermanovic of Derivative Inc. Ongoing jam sessions take place with various Toronto musicians, DJs and visual artists exploring new relationships of sound and image in live performance. 

Tectonic Plates

Mettler's 1992 film adaptation of a theatrical work by Robert Lepage screened in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival. 
For more information click here.

Balifilm at the Doc Alliance Films

June 21, 2012 was Music Day across Europe! The Doc Alliance Films portal selected Balifilm to showcase as part of the celebration. 
Check it out here.

Meteorologies Live at Videoex

June 3, 2012 at 9:30PM
For more information click here.

CCS Paris, Live Mixing

May 30-31, 2012 at 8PM
Performance with Fred Frith in hommage to Andreas Zuest. For more information click here.

24 Images

Peter Mettler's work was featured in the April/May edition of film magazine 24 Images. Have a look here.

Retrospective - Cinematheque Quebecoise

Montreal, Que.
May 2-6, 2012
Featured screenings of Mettler's body of work, a photo exhibition, a Master Class and a live performance with Peter Mettler and Fred Frith. Visit the website.

National Parks Project

Cinematographer for the first installment: Gros Morne.
For more information visit the National Parks Project  website.


Petropolis Screens at The Royal

York University Department of Film, Norman Jewison Series 2010/11 in collaboration with  Greenpeace Canada and Faculty of Art, OCAD University present Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands.
Mon, May 9 - 7 PM The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto
Admission is FREE! 
Filmmaker in attendance.

A Simple Rhythm Screens at Hot Docs

Grimthorpe Film's own Tess Girard will have a her film A Simple Rhythm play Hot Docs, Toronto. 
Fri, Apr 29 - 7 PM, The Royal Cinema
Sat, May 7- 6:30 PM, Cumberland 3
Sun, May 8- 3:45 PM,  The ROM Theatre
For the trailer click here.
For more information click here.

Open Ears Festival: Bluedot

Saturday, April 30th, 10pm to Sunrise
123 Breithaupt Street, Kitchener, ON
Tickets $20
Open Ears Festival presents Bluedot: An all-night multimedia art extravaganza that incorporates sculpture installations, DJ and live performances by Ontario artists. 
Participants include Peter Mettler, Mutek, klezmer band Valody, and curator Patti Schmidt.
For more information click here.

Petropolis and Balifilm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 7pm
123 King Street West, Hamilton
Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion
Suggested Cash Donation: $10
For more information click here.
Or visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton website.

Petropolis Wins

We're proud to announce that Petropolis was a winner of the Canadian Environmental Media Awards, presented at the Greenliving show on April 16th.

Doc Night Out

Documentary and NGOs Panel
Documentary Organization of Canada
Apr 11, 2011 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FREE for DOC Members / $10 for Non-Members.
Please join us for a discussion with filmmakers Lalita Krishna, Liz Marshall, and Peter Mettler on the experiences of making films with NGOs. The discussion will be moderated by filmmaker Katie McKenna.
The Annex Live, Toronto
296 Brunswick Ave 
(Corner Bloor St. W)
For more information click here.

Ryerson M.I.A. Student Lecture Series

Peter Mettler in conversation with Marc Glassman (and Petropolis Screening)
Tuesday, February 1st, 6:30pm
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street
Petropolis screening at 6:30pm
Followed by discussion with Peter Mettler
For more information click here.

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Popoli Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2010 Festival Dei Popoli and Peter Mettler's Retrospective. The Festival was a success!
For photos and coverage of the fesival, please click here.

You can also check out stills of Mettler's photography exhibit "Notations (for The End of Time)" in the Photography section of our website.

Constellation Young Gods

Paris, France
December 9th - 12th, 2010
A Celebration of improvised music, art and activism.

Thursday, December 9th, 8:00pm
Petropolis Screening
Followed by "Art and Activism", a seminar with Jeremy Narby.

Friday, December 10th, 8:00pm
Mettler will be performing live, improvised images with music performed by Vincent Hänni and Gabriel Scotti.

Centre Culturel Suisse Paris
32-38, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Tickets: 10 Euros
For more information, click here.

Retrospective: Filmmaker in Focus

Festival Dei Popoli, Florence, Italy
Nov 13 to 20
Featuring screenings of Mettler's body of work. 


Sunday, November 14th
Picture of Light
Odeon Cinema, 3:00 pm

Monday, November 15th
Lancalot Freely
Eastern Avenue
Spazio Uno, 5:30 pm

Tuesday, November 16th
Tectonic Plates
Spazio Uno, 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 17th
The Top of His Head
Spazio Uno, 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 18th
Spazio Uno, 3:00 pm

Friday, November 19th
Gambling, Gods and LSD
Spazio Uno, 9:00 pm

For more information click here.

Notations For the End of Time

A photography exhibit showcasing Mettler's latest works: photography in connection to his latest film End of Time.
Presented by Festival Dei Popoli and Florence 2010
Exibition hours (15th - 20th November): from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio, Florence
Opening Reception, Sunday November 14th 11:30am.
For more information click here.

Petropolis Now Available on DVD

In Canada only, Petropolis is now available on DVD. Distributed by Mongrel Media, you can find it in stores across the country.
Keep an eye out for an international release.
Order it here.
Click here for more information. 

Petropolis Available on iTunes

In Canada only, Petropolis is now available for download on iTunes.

Petropolis At Kino Otok Film Festival

Isola, Slovenia
Sept 8 to 12th

Electric Eclectics

Live image mix performance with Lester Alfonso, and live music of Anne Bourne (cello) and Tom Kuo (DJ)
Electric Eclectics Festival
August 1st, 930pm, Main Stage
Meaford, Ontario
Click here for more details.

Era New Horizons Film Festival

Wroclaw, Poland
July 22 to Aug 1
Mettler will be a guest to the festival as a jury member for the program "Films About Art"
The festival will also feature screenings of Petropolis and Balifilm.

Petropolis Wins (Again!)

Petropolis wins the Bruno Cagol award at Trento Film Festival in Italy. For more information click here.

Cinemascope Magazine

Review of Petropolis in this month's Cinemascope Magazine by Jerry White. Pick up your copy or check out the article here.

Genie Award Nomination for Petropolis

Petropolis was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Short Documentary from the Academy of Canadian Film and Television. The 30th Annual Genie Awards were held April 12th, 2010.
Congrats to all the winners!
For more information click here.

Petropolis in Now Magazine

NNNNNs from Now Magazine for Petropolis' DVD Release. Click here.

Picture of Light Screening, Metro Cinema, Edmonton

Wednesday, April 7th
35mm print
Time TBD
For more information click here.

Petropolis in Buenos Aires

For all our Argentinean friends, Petropolis will be screening in the 12th annual BAFICI Film Festival. 
April 8th, 17:00h, Cine Hoyts Abasto
April 10th, 12:24h, Cine Hoyts Abasto
April 12th, 13:15, Cine Hoyts Abasto
For more information click here.

Petropolis in Waterloo

Earth Day Screening
Presented by the Princess Cinemas
Waterloo Collegiate Institute
300 Hazel Street
April 22nd, 7:30 pm

Petropolis at Ann Arbor

48th Annual Ann Arbo Film Festval
Sunday, March 28th
3:00pm, Michigan Theatre
For more information click here.

Petropolis at the MOMA

As part of the Canadian Front Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
Friday, March 19, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 22, 2010, 4:00 p.m
11 West Fifty-third Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Manhattan, New York City

Picture of Light Screening, Montreal

As part of "Les Nords Magnetiques"exhibition at the The Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University, Picture of Light will be screening on its original 35mm print.

Sunday, March 14th, 2pm
At the de Sève Cinema
1400 de Maisonneuve West, LB-125
(Ground floor)
Admission is free.

Shostokovich: A Portrait

The acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble, under the Artistic Direction of Andrew Burashko, is pleased to present a celebration of Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Music Performed by the Art of Time Ensemble
Dance by Andrea Nann
Visuals by Peter Mettler

FEBRUARY 12 & 13, 2010 - 8PM
Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets: $19, $39 and $49 ($25 - Student/Senior/Artist)
Box Office: 416-973-4000

Petropolis at The Royal Theatre in Toronto

 We're excited to announce that Petropolis will have a short theatrical release in Toronto.

The Royal Theatre 
608 College Street

Friday 22nd January - 7:00pm
Saturday 23rd January - 7:00pm
Sunday 24th January - 4:30pm & 7:00pm
Monday 25th January - 7:00pm
Tuesday 26th January - 7:00pm
Wednesday 27th January - 7:00pm
Tickets at The Royal Box Office:
$10 - general admission
$8 - students and seniors

Petropolis at IFFR

Petropolis will be screening at the 39th Rotterdam International Film Festival January 27 - February 7, 2010. Screening dates and times to be announced. 

Peter Mettler on CBC’S The Hour

Watch The Hour this week to see George Stroumboulopoulos interview Peter Mettler for Petropolis on CBC Television's The Hour. 

Petropolis in Solothurn

We're proud to announce that Petropolis will be playing at Solothurner Filmtage in Solothurn, Switzerland.
January 22, 12:00, Cinema Canva
January 25, 12:00, Cinema Reithalle



POV Magazine

A two-part feature article on Peter Mettler in the Fall and Winter 2009 issues of POV Magazine. 

Visionary filmmaker Mettler talks about his creative process, from working as a cinematographer for Atom Egoyan to directing the acclaimed feature docs Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD.

We Won! (Again!)

Petropolis was awarded the Prize for Distribution from the Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo at Festival dei Popoli in Florence.  The prize is intended to promote the distribution of a socially minded film in Italy.  A bursary of 5,000 Euros will go to its distributor (TBD).

European Film Academy Award for The Sound of Insects

Congratulations to Peter Liechti's "The Sound of Insects - Record of A Mummy" for winning the 2009 European Film Academy Documentary Prix Arte. 

Petropolis at CPH:DOX

November 15th at 14:45 
Cinemateket 70 DKK
Copenhagen, Denmark
Screening with "A Man Screaming is not a Dancing Bear".

TIFF Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone who came out to the North American Premiere of Petropolis at TIFF and helped make it a success! The film has been recieved with glowing reviews, in such places as MacLeansMagazine, Now Magazine (Rating: NNNN), Toronto Sun, Playback Magazine, and a feature article in POV Magazine!

Petropolis at Festival Del Popoli, Rome

Thursday, November 5th, 8 pm
Saturday, November 7th, 11.30 am

Petropolis at Vancouver IFF

Vancouver International Film Festival
Thursday, October 15th, 11:00am
Vancity Theatre, $8.00
Friday, October 16th, 7:00pm
Vancity Theatre, $8.00

Petropolis at Ghent IFF

Flanders International Film Festival Ghent.
Screening Times and Venues:
Thursday, October 8th at 17:30
Vooruit - Theaterzaal
Tuesday, October 12th at  20:15
Vooruit - Theaterzaal

Petropolis at FNC Montreal

Festival de Nouveau Cinema
Friday, October 16th at 7:15pm
Cinema du Parc 2
Sat, Oct 17th at 3pm
Cinema Parallèle

Petropolis at Dok Leipzig, Germany

Wednesday, October 28 at 5p.m.
Friday, October 30 at 10:15 p.m

Petropolis Party!

Sunday, September 13th, 4pm-2am
An after party for the North American premiere of "Petropolis".
Please join us for a drink, dance into the night, and celebrate together on the lakeshore.
Musical performances by:
Gabriel ScottiAnn BourneShenTom Kuo, Mike Lambert, Zumba
Visual Installation by BlankFoto.
The Royal Canadian Legion #344, 1395 Lakeshore Blvd. W (Between Dufferin and Roncesvalles.)
FREE (donations to greenpeace are encouraged)

Petropolis at TIFF!

Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2009
North American Premiere

Sunday, September 13th, 2:30pm
Panel Discussion to Follow Screening
Wednesday, September 16th, 10pm
Jackman Hall - AGO
Saturday, September 19th, 6pm.
Varsity 7

Petropolis Wins!

Visions Du Reel Film Festival
Nyon, Switzerland
Young-Audience-Award of the Côte-Hôtel-Association.

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

A new 40 minute film by Peter Mettler, presented by Greenpeace Canada. For more information visit  the website.

The Memorizer- The Andreas Züst Collection

29 May – 9 August 2009
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Zürich
Andreas Züst (1947-2000) (producer of Picture of Light) was a collector, artist and scientist. For the first time, parts of his personal collection which consists of over 1500 by more than 200 artists including himself, was on display.
A video installation in his memory by Peter Mettler comprised of interviews of his closest friends was included in the exhibit.
Opening: Thurs., 28-May-2009


Live audio visual performance together with a great roster of Toronto Performers
Toronto, June 13
5pm until late.

Videoex and Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology with Fred Frith

May 31st, 2009
Discussion moderated by Marcy Goldberg
Screening of Balifilm
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland
For more information click here.

Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

International Première Screening
Visions Du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland.
International Competition.
Sun. 26 April 2009, 8 pm
Salle Communale
Tue. 28 April 2009, 2 pm
Capitole Fellini
Screenings preceded by a presentation and followed by a discussion.

Petropolis- Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

International Première Screening
Visions Du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland.
International Competition.
Sun. 26 April 2009, 8 pm
Salle Communale
Tue. 28 April 2009, 2 pm
Capitole Fellini
Screenings preceded by a presentation and followed by a discussion.

LIFT Workshop - Panel Discussion: Documentary as Art Practice

A panel of renowned artists who have invested themselves in the methods and discourses of documentary - with diverse and challenging results. The panelists focused on the tensions and supports between communicating a narrative content and maintaining artistic rigor.
Panelists included Gisele Gordon, Ali Kazimi, and Peter Mettler. Moderator Brenda Longfellow.
Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm
National Film Board of Canada
NFB Cinema

Picture of Light and Balifilm Screenings

As part of his Retrospective at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Peter Liechti will make a special 'carte blanche' which will include 'Picture of Light' and 'Balifilm'.

PICTURE OF LIGHT, 27-Jan-2009, 16:15, Zaal De Unie.
For tickets and more info click here  and  here.
BALIFILM, 27-Jan-2009, 11:30, Zaal De Unie.
For more info click here.

The National Parks Project Gros Morne Screenings

As part of the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival, The National Parks Project: Gros Morne will be screening in the Spectrum: Shorts programme.
25-Jan-09, Lantaren 1, 20:00
27-Jan-09, Lantaren 2, 14:45

The Sound of Insects Screening

Peter Liechti as 'Filmmaker in Focus' at the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Narrated by Peter Mettler, The Sound of Insects - Record of a Mummy will screen as part of the 'Signals: Programme'
24-Jan-09, Cinerama 4, 12:30
28-Jan-09, Cinerama 1, 14:30
30-Jan-09, Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal, 10:30

Head Workshop

A two-day workshop for students at the Haut D'Ecole D'Art et de Design in Geneva, Switzerland.
20th and 21st of January.


New Years Party

December 31st, 2008, 11:30
Kunnstraum Walcheturm
DJ Styro, Bang Goes, Sampayo, Pat Patrischa, Playlove, Beatnik, Zumba
Visuals by Tomas & Peter Mettler

Tonal Topography

September 5th, 2008
Performance of live visual mixing with Deadbeat and many other performers
Presented by Sumkidz
St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church - 103 Bellevue Ave.
Kensington Market –Toronto

The Sound of Insects - Record of a Mummy

August 2008, to be released in 2009
Voiceover for Peter Liechti’s ‘The Sound of Insects – Record of a Mummy’.


September 13th - October 11th
O Born Contemporary Gallery
A group photographic exhibition representing an homage to the multiple emotions and experiences that movies bring to our lives. It features a selection of photographic works by four artists: Alex Kisilevich, Vanina Feldsztein, Johnnie Eisen, and Peter Mettler.
Opening Reception: Saturday September 13th, 12-5pm

Zwei Tage Zeit

January 19th, 2008
Improvised music festival - Zurich, Switzerland
Improvised live video mixing performance with improvised live music performed by Fred Frith. 



Nov. 29th, 30th, and Dec. 1st, 2007
Chartier Danse: A multi-disciplinary collaboration from a team of eleven artists from Toronto and Montréal under the artistic direction of Marie-Josée Chartier.
The Enwave Theatre (formerly the Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

In the Mix

October 26th, 2007
Live Performance with live ensemble followed by Tom Kuo.
Spin Gallery, 8pm-2am

Gambling Gods and LSD in Leipzig

29 October - 4 November 2007
The 50th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film screened Gambling, Gods, and LSD during the festival.

America and the Black Angel

October 5th and 6th, 2007
Performing together with the Art of Time Ensemble, Peter Mettler's live image mix composition will be accompanied by George Crumb's Black Angel and Vox Ballanae.
The Enwave Theatre (formerly The Harbourfront Centre Theatre)
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Fred Frith and Peter Mettler

August 3, 2007
An improvised Music and Live Image Mixing performance taking place at La Corbiere - Laboratoire Village Nomade, Switzerland.

Manufactured Landscapes

Cinematographer and Creative Consultant. The film continues to collect awards around the world including special prize given by the man himself – Al Gore! 

Now available in Canada on DVD


TIFF Retrospective 

New Book! Of This Place and Elsewhere - The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler