“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 in A Coruña, Spain

December 1, 2017 - A Coruña, Spain

Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe presents Picture Of Light. For more information visit


“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.


te-le- (téli) prefix far off, covering a distance > combining form,
to or at a distance: telekinesis// television// used in names of
instruments for operating over long distances
[origin: from Greek téle- ‘far off’]

te-le-path-y (télipathi) n. the supposed communication of
thoughts or ideas other than by the known senses

div-i-na-tion (divenéijn) n. a divining or foretelling of the future
or the unknown by supernatural means// guessing by intuition(O.F.)

di-vine (divàin) adj. of God or a god, divine wisdom// having the
nature of God// (pop.) superlatively good or beautiful, divine music

di-vined v.t. to guess//foretell// v.i. to detect the presence of water
or metals underground by means of a forked, esp. hazel, twig
or rods// to practice divination

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:


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 remaster at TIFF 2017

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

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

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.

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

Free screening of Picture Of Light at Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival. For more information:


Imago Mundi

August 29th - October 29th / Venice, Italy
Imago Mundi Art is the collection of works commissioned by Luciano Benetton. The 10x12 cm canvas 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.


Gimli Film Festival

July 26 - 30
Gimli Film Festival will be screening Picture of Light. Read the programmers picks:


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:


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.


New 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.


Eastern Avenue by FILMEXPLORER

Eastern Avenue article by 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
Tickets & Info

Thursday, November 24 - 20:30
Musée d'ethnographie de Genève - MEG
Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67, 
1205 Genève, Switzerland
Tickets & Info

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.

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TIFF Acquisition

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 Movie 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


Peter Mettler at In/Future

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", September 18th, 2016 at 7pm. John Oswald and Peter Mettler 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 at Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West.

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. 

This event will also feature presentations of Peter's recent short films, TRACES DU FUTUR (2015, 3 min), and the condensed version of PETROPOLIS (2009/2015, 15 min).



Picture of Light at Syros International Film Festival

PICTURE OF LIGHT will be screened as part of the Syros International Film Festival at 23:00 on July 31, 2016. An outdoor screening at Komito as part of Pip Chodorov's Carte Blanche: "To See in a New Way" , POL will screen alongside the film Terminus For You. Syros International Film Festival will take place July 28th to August 1st in Syros, Greece. 


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.

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.

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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


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