1997, 28 minutes
Colour / B&W, 16mm, Mono, Optical.
Balifilm was originally commissioned as a stage performance, created from diary images and sounds collected in 1990 and 1992 by Peter Mettler on the island of Bali. The soundtrack is a live recording of eight Gamelan musicians playing the bronze and wooden instruments of Indonesia during the projection of the film. Balifilm is a personal, lyrical observation and expression of the creative pulse of an extraordinary culture.
First presented as a live performance by Sonic Boom and The Evergreen Club Gamelan in the fall of 1996, balifilm was presented live a second time as part of the Mettler Retrospective / Carte Blanche at the Cinematheque Ontario.
Produced by Grimthorpe Film Inc.
Camera, Picture and Sound Editing by Peter Mettler
Music performed live to picture playback by the Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble: Bill Parsons, Bill Brennan, Mark Duggan, Paul Ormandy, Paul Houle, Blair Mackay, Andy Morris and Andrew Timar.
Music created by the development of fragments of compositions by Trevor Tereski, Larry Lake, Andrew Timar, John Wyre and the Evergreen Club Gamelan. Also by traditional TAIKO, Leonard Eto and the work of Kodo. Arrangements by Bill Parsons, Mark Duggan, Blair Mackay and Peter Mettler.
The Evergreen Club is Canada's first professional performing gamelan and is the only ensemble of its kind in Canada dedicated to the commissioning and performance of Canadian contemporary music. Since its advent in 1983, the Evergreeen Club has performed numerous world premier musical works by many leading composers including John "Cage, Gilles Tremblay, Lou Harrison, James Tenney, Walter Boudreau, John Wyre and John Celona. The Toronto based, eight member ensemble has made concert appearances and been featured on radio and television across Canada. A growing list of recording credits include its self-produced CD recordings, "Palace" and "North of Java".
Thanks to Sonic Boom and Thom Sokolowski, the National Film Board of Canada's PAFPS, Daniel Tremblay , Caitlan Maggs, Samir and Pippilotti and DIGIT AG, Tim Griffin and Ted Bridgewater at Foresight Communications, Salome Pitschen, Chris Hinton, Tjokorda Gede Dangin, Greg Miller at Exclusive Labs, Ingrid Veninger, Mike Munn and Alexandra Gill.
Special thanks to the communities of Bona and Sidemen in Bali, Indonesia.
For Verena Merz
“Authoritative and inquisitive, BALIFILM is a rewarding exploration of cinema’s unique fusion of sounds, silence, and vision.”
– Take One Fall 1997
First presented as a live performance by Sonic Boom and The Evergreen Club Gamelan in the fall of 1996, balifilm was presented live a second time as part of the Mettler Retrospective/Carte Blanche at the Cinematheque Ontario.
Opened the festival of Visions du Reel in Nyon 1998
3Sat award for best short film in Duisburger Filmwoche 1998
Presented at various festivals and limited television broadcast.