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Biography


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Biography


Biography

From the beginning of his career, Peter Mettler has created films deemed impossible to make yet readily appreciated once they exist. Melding intuitive processes with drama, experiment, and essay, Mettler’s cinema is at the forefront of contemporary documentary practice. Meditations on our world, rooted in personal experience, his films reflect the visions and wonder of their characters and audiences alike.

A restless cinematic adventurer, Peter Mettler’s singular body of work is characterized by hybridism, a sense of wonder, unusual forms of collaboration, and a disregard for classification. Frequently visiting themes of transcendence and the delicate relationship between technology and the natural world, Mettler’s films combine travelogue, essay, interview, fiction and social critique. They are guided by instinct yet grounded in discipline, structure, craft, and a knack for apprehending stunning images and great stories.

No single work is more teeming with such images and stories than Mettler’s wildly ambitious magnum opus, Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), which Jason Anderson describes as “a sort of divine sacrament, melting the viewer’s synapses with a mesmerizing array of sights, sounds and genuinely profound insights.” An epic project ten years in the making, Gambling, Gods and LSD traverses three continents to discover tales and visions of ecstasy, awe and atonement. Similar in spirit and methodology are Picture of Light (1994) and The End of Time (2012). Picture of Light was made as a result of an encounter with the Swiss artist-scientist-collector Andreas Züst, who charged Mettler with the quixotic task of capturing the aurora borealis on film, leading the pair to brave arctic temperatures and constructed a special time-lapse camera system capable of operating in severe nocturnal conditions. Picture of Light is playful and philosophical, a richly atmospheric journey to the spectral North. Vogue praised the film as an “extraordinary piece of filmmaking. In an era when only one movie in a hundred has a single moment of visionary power, Picture of Light is bursting with them.” The End of Time, meanwhile, takes viewers to exotic locales in search of insight on the forces that give our lives meaning – drawing forth macro- and microscopic realms from the CERN particle collider, to lava fields, urban decay and an interstellar observatory. The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Dalton called it “immersive and hypnotic... a ravishingly beautiful experience.”

Mettler on location in India shooting Gambling, Gods and LSD

While his films are immensely personal, an essential component of Mettler’s practice is collaboration and adaptation. Among his most illustrious collaborators is fellow Torontonian Atom Egoyan, for whom Mettler photographed such films as Next of Kin (1984) and the Samuel Beckett adaptation Krapp’s Last Tape (2000). More recently, Mettler was director of photography on Jennifer Baichwal’s multi-award-winning Manufactured Landscapes (2006), which profiled the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky and opens with one of Mettler’s most indelible shots: a protracted lateral pan that entrances viewers as it gradually coveys the seemingly impossible scale of a factory floor in China. Mettler has also adapted the work of internationally renowned theatre director Robert Lepage with Tectonic Plates (1992), shot on location in Venice, Scotland and Montreal, and which boldly fused the artifice of theatre with wondrous spectacles gleaned from the real world. Most recently, Mettler collaborated with director Emma Davie and philosopher David Abram on the feature Becoming Animal (2018), a study of animism in our contemporary era of environmental and perceptual crisis. Mettler’s additional collaborations also include projects with Bruce McDonald, Jeremy Podeswa, Patricia Rozema, Jane Siberry, Michael Ondaatje, Andreas Zuest, Jim O’Rourke, Fred Frith, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Ingrid Veninger, Werner Penzel, Peter Weber, Greg Hermanovic, Andrea Nann, Peter Liechti, Gabriel Scotti, Vincent Hanni, Costanza Francavilla, Ritchie Hawtin, Neil Young, and many others.

Mettler’s films have been the focus of multiple retrospectives, including at the Toronto International Film Festival, BAFICI, Lincoln Centre, Pacific Film Archive, Jeu de Paume Paris, Cinémathèque Suisse, Porto/Post/Doc, Doc Buenos Aires, DOCMA Madrid, Hot Docs, and numerous other festivals and cinematheques. His awards include a 2003 Genie from the Academy of Canadian Cinema for Best Documentary, La Sarraz Prize from Locarno, Grand Prix and Prix du Jeune Publique at Vision Du Réel, Grand Prize at Figueira da Foz, Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Writing at Hot Docs, and an Award for Excellence from Yamagata International Documentary Festival. His works have been the subject of two books: Making The Invisible Visible (1995), and Of This Place and Elsewhere: The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler (2006). In 2017, Picture Of Light was selected by TIFF as one of Canada’s Essential 150 Films.

Mettler’s activities, however, have not been confined to film production. Following the completion of Gambling, Gods and LSD, Mettler became interested in developing an improvisational approach to cinematic montage within a live context. Since 2005, Mettler has worked with the software company Derivative to develop a digital image-mixing software platform that he has used in numerous performances, collaborating with a diverse array of collaborators – including musicians, dancers, poets, and multimedia artists – in a wide range of locales, from radio theaters and cinemas to dance clubs and wilderness retreats. His recent commissions include a collaboration with Biosphere at Hot Docs 2014, with Paul Frehner and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at New Creations Festival 2016, and with John Oswald at in/future Festival 2016. These live events push Mettler’s established skills into ever-newer territories, entrancing audiences with the audio-visual allure of crafted cinema while offering the exhilaration of witnessing something spontaneous and achingly ephemeral. Most recently, Mettler has toured a live divination of image, story and music entitled YoshtoYoshto with the anthropologist Jeremy Narby (The Cosmic Serpent) and musician Franz Treichler.

"Peter Mettler is one of the most original artists working today. Few filmmakers are as attuned to the wonders of existence, or to the sensual and perceptual possibilities of cinema.” – Dennis Lim, Lincoln Center Film Society

“Peter Mettler is an incomparable talent in Canadian cinema. The innovation and audacity of his work, his dedication to the cinematic art form, and his ability to conjure up images that remain permanently etched in one's mind, secures his place as one of this country's most distinguished contemporary filmmakers.” – Piers Handling, former director of TIFF

“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.” – Marcel Elsener

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Films


Films


Films

Becoming Animal (2018, 78 minutes) Feature documentary collaboration between Peter Mettler, Emma Davie and David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous), that examines how an animistic philosophy can address the contemporary environmental crisis through a new understanding of nature.

Broken Land (2014, 75 minutes) Feature documentary directed by Stéphanie Barbey & Luc Peter about conflicting viewpoints of America's border wall with Mexico. Artistic collaborator, cinematographer and co-editor.

The End of Time (2012, 114 minutes) Feature documentary exploring our perception of time through a diverse array of locations and portraits, from the jungles of Costa Rica, lava fields of Hawaii, and urban decay of Detroit, to the CERN Large Hadron Collider, an interstellar observatory, and a Buddhist temple. 

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009, 43 minutes) Feature documentary examining the world’s largest industrial mega-project in northern Alberta, and its impact on the surrounding landscape. Produced in association with Greenpeace Canada.

Away (2007, 3 min.) Documentary short, on the trials of being electronically over-connected. Commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada,

Manufactured Landscapes (2006, 86 min.) Feature documentary directed by Jennifer Baichwal, follows photographer Edward Burtynsky witnessing China’s massive industrial revolution and its impact on the planet. Cinematographer and creative consultant.

Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002, 180 min.) Feature documentary, an epic journey across cultures, people and time, exploring notions of transcendence and belief among a diverse array of characters and circumstances.

Balifilm (1996, 30 min.) Diary and performance, a lyrical tribute to the creative forces found on the island of Bali.

Picture of Light (1994, 83 min.) Feature documentary, takes a film crew to the sub-Arctic town of Churchill, Manitoba, to capture the wonder of the northern lights on celluloid in a meditation on technology and environment. 

Tectonic Plates (1992, 104 min.) Feature drama, an adaptation of a play by Robert Lepage and Théâtre Repère. The metaphor of the earth's tectonic plates is used to illustrate interconnecting stories on a human scale. 

The Top of His Head (1989, 110 min.) Feature drama, a surrealistic fable about the search for identity in a media driven world and the transcendence of intuition over rational thought.

Eastern Avenue (1985, 58 min.) A lyrical travelogue diary film, shot during a three-month journey through Switzerland, Berlin and Portugal. Impressionistic and textured, with an improvisatory collage soundtrack.

Scissere (1982, 83 min.) Feature experimental, a rendering of the experiences of a mental patient wandering outside institutional confines for the first time in many years. A first-person foray into a disorienting realm between reason and sensation.

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Highlights and Awards


Highlights & Awards

Highlights and Awards


Highlights & Awards

Selected Highlights & Awards

Becoming Animal (2018)

Official Selection – Masters, IDFA
Nominated for Fugas Feature Film Competition, Documenta Madrid
Nominated for Grand Prix, Docs Against Gravity
Nominated for Best Feature, Bildrausch Filmfest
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Testimony on Nature, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Nominated for DOX:AWARD, CPH:DOX

The End of Time (2012)

Premio Qualita di Vita Award, Locarno International Film Festival
Nominated for Golden Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival
Official Selection: Masters Series, Toronto International Film Festival
Canada's Top Ten Critic’s Selection
Best Documentary, Music, Camera, Swiss Film Prize Nominations
Reflecting Images Masters Official Selection, IDFA
Nominated for DOX:AWARD, CPH:DOX
Opening Night Film, Imagine Science Film Festival
Opening Night Film, RIDM
International Competition, Dok Leipzig
Nominated for Best World Documentary, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Wide Angle Documentary Showcase, Busan International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Swiss Film Prize
Nominated for Best Screenplay, Vancouver Critics Circle

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)

Included as part of Neil Young's “Honour the Treaties” concert tour
Prix du Jury du Jeune Publique Award, Visions du Réel
Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo Prize, Festival dei Popoli
Nominated for New Vision Award, CPH:DOX
Nominated for Genie Award – Best Documentary, Academy of Canadian Cinema

Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Best Documentary, RiverRun international Film Festival
Reel Current Award, Nashville Film Festival
Best Canadian Film and Best Documentary, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Nomination for Best Cinematography, Cinema Eye Honors Award
Genie Award for Best Documentary, Academy of Canadian Cinema
Best Canadian Film, Toronto International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize nomination, Sundance Film Festival
Prix du Jeune Publique, Visions du Réel
Top 10 Canadian movies of the decade, Macleans

Peter Mettler with producers Ingrid Veninger and Alexandra Rockingham Gill, receiving the 2003 Genie Award for Best Documentary.

Peter Mettler with producers Ingrid Veninger and Alexandra Rockingham Gill, receiving the 2003 Genie Award for Best Documentary.

Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002)

Genie Award – Best Documentary, Academy of Canadian Cinema
One of the Year’s Best Films, Film Comment Magazine
Grand Prix and Prix du Publique Awards, Nyon Visions du Réel
Best Feature Documentary, Vancouver International Festival
Best Documentary, Festival du cinema nouveau
Best Documentary, Duisburger Filmwoche
Top Twenty Canadian Films, Toronto International Film Festival
Best Documentary (Runner-Up), FIPRESCI
Award for Excellence in the Arts, Swiss Ministry of Culture
Nominated for Best Documentary, Swiss Film Prize

Balifilm (1997)

Live performance with Evergreen Club Gamelan, Sonic Boom Festival
Best Short Film, Duisburger Filmwoche
Opening Night Presentation, Visions du Réel

Picture of Light (1994)

Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Hot Docs Toronto
La Sarraz Prize, Locarno International Film Festival
Award for Excellence in the Arts, Swiss Ministry of Culture
Grand Prize (Images & Documents), Figueira da Foz International Festival
Best Ontario Film, MCTV Award
Best Feature, Cinéfest Sudbury
Award for Excellence, Yamagata International Documentary Festival

Tectonic Plates (1992)

Most Innovative Film of the Festival, Figuera da Foz International Festival
Catholic Film Critics Award, Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival
Grand Prize & Award for Excellence, Colombus, Ohio

The Top Of His Head (1989)

Nominated for Genie Award – Best Original Screenplay, Academy of Canadian Cinema
Silver Plate Award, Figuera da Foz Festival

Scissere (1982)

World Premiere in “New Directors/New Directions” at the Toronto Festival of Festivals (TIFF)
Norman McLaren Award for Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack, Le Conservatoire d'art cinématographique, Montréal
Nominated for Gold Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival

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Retrospectives & Exhibitions


Retrospectives & Exhibitions

Retrospectives & Exhibitions


Retrospectives & Exhibitions

Selected Retrospectives and Spotlights

“Watching Peter Mettler,” Kino Xenix, Zürich, 2018
Darko Bratina Award and complete retrospective at Kinoatelje Tribute to a Vision, Italy/Slovenia, 2018
Spotlight at Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, Colombia, 2018
Spotlight at Doc Montevideo, Uruguay, 2018
Artist in Focus, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2018
”Afterimage: Peter Mettler,” BAMPFA, San Francisco, 2017
Cinematheque Suisse, Lausanne, 2016
”3XDOC” spotlight at DOCMA Madrid, 2015
DOC Buenos Aires, 2015
“Peter Mettler: Pictures of Light,” Lincoln Center, New York, 2013
Planete + Doc, Warsaw, 2013
”Focus On: Peter Mettler,” Hot Docs, Toronto, 2013
Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal, 2012
”Peter Mettler: Epiphanies and Revelations,” Festival Dei Popoli, Florence, 2010
Canadian Spotlight at Toronto International Film Festival, 2006
FilmStudio, Rome, 2004
Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2003
Director in Focus, BAFICI, Buenos Aries, 2003
Arsenal, Berlin, 1999
Mecano, Netherlands, 1998
Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto, 1996
VIPER Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1995

Selected Gallery Exhibitions

“Framemixes,” Palazzo del cinema, Gorizia, Italy, 2018
“Framemixes” and “City Lights,” Planete + Doc, Warsaw, 2013
“Focus On,” Hot Docs, Toronto, 2013
“Notations (for the End of Time),” Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal, 2012
“Notations (for the End of Time),” Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2010
“Mise en Scene,” O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, 2008
“Teledivinitry,” Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2006
Retrospective at Lennox Gallery, Toronto, 2006
“Orientation,” Galerie Sala 1, Rome, 2005
“Teledivinity,” S.A.W. Gallery, Ottawa, 2004
Solothurn Galerie S2, 2002
Schlesinger Stiftung, Appenzell, Switzerland
“I Died Shortly Thereafter,” Foto Forum, St.Gallen, and Galerie Neugebauer, Basel, 1995

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Performances


Live performances

Performances


Live performances

Live Performances

2019

Live image mixing performance, Architextures at Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2019.

2018

Live image mixing performance, with Forma Free Music Impulse and Contemporanea (musicians Andrea Gulli, Alex Koruga, Mattia Piani, Jesus Valenti; conducted by Giovanni Maier), at Kinoatelje Tribute To A Vision, Teatre San Giorgio, Udine, Italy. October 19, 2018.
Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, at Docs Against Gravity in Warsaw, Poland. May 12, 2018.
Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark. March 17, 2018.
Live image mixing performance, Architextures at Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2018.

2017

Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, at Porto/Post/Doc, Porto, Portugal. December 2, 2017.
Live image mixing performance, with Sebastian Mullaert (Minilogue) at Blue Dot, Kitchener, Ontario. March 3, 2017.
Live image mixing performance, Architextures at Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2017.

2016

Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, at Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Swizterland. November 24, 2016.
Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, at Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland. November 19, 2016.
in/fo, live performance with John Oswald, at in/future Festival, Ontario Place, Toronto. September 18, 2016.
From The Vortex Perspective, live performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with composer Paul Frehner, at New Creations Festival, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto. March 9, 2016.

2010–15

Taken By Night, live image mixing performance with Andrea Nann, presented by Dreamwalker Dance Company, Toronto. November 26–28, 2015.
Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby, World Premiere performance at Videoex, Zürich, Swizterland. May 30, 2015.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, at Planete + Doc, Warsaw, Poland. May 12, 2013.
Live image mixing performance with Biosphere, at Hot Docs Festival, The Royal Cinema, Toronto. April 28, 2013.
Meteorologies, live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, at Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal. 2012.
Meteorologies, live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France. 2012.
Meteorologies, live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, at Videoex, Zürich, Switzerland. 2012.
Live image mixing performance with Tom Kuo and Anne Bourne at Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Ontario. June 14, 2011.

2000–2010

Constellation Young Gods, live performance with musicians Gabriel Scotti and Vincent Hanni, 2010.
Live image mixing performance with Lester Alfonso, Anne Bourne and Tom Kuo, at Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Ontario. July 30, 2010.
INIT, live performance with a roster of Toronto performers, presented by Tom Kuo and Brian T. Moore, Toronto, 2009.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, at Videoex & Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Switzerland, 2009.
Live image mixing performance with DJ Styro, Bang Goes and others, Kunstraum Walcheturm New Years Party, Switzerland, 2008.
Live performance with Fred Frith, Zwei Tage Zeit, in conjunction with The International Society for Contemporary Music, Switzerland, 2008.
Bas-Reliefs, multi-disciplinary collaboration with a team of 11 artists, artistic direction Marie-Josée Chartier, Chartier Danse, Toronto, 2007.
Live image mixing performance with Tom Kuo and Anne Bourne, at In the Mix Festival, Toronto, 2007.
America and The Black Angel, live performance with The Art of Time Ensemble and George Crumb, Enwave Theatre, Toronto, 2007.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, La Corbiere, Village Nomade, Switzerland, 2007.
Pusher, live performance with with Monolake, at DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, 2007.
Shostakovitch/Notes In Silence, live theatre piece with Andrea Nann, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2007.
Live image mixing performance with Derivative, Tom Kuo, Adam Marshall, at Nuit Blanche, Drake Hotel, Toronto, 2006.
Elsewhere, live performance with Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble, Murcof, Marc Weiser et al., at TIFF, Berkeley Church, Toronto. September 2006.
Shostakovitch, live theatre piece with The Art of Time Ensemble & Andrea Nann, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2006.
Bas-Reliefs, live performance with Marie Josee Chartier, Danse Cite, Montreal, 2006.
Live image mixing performance with percussionist Lucas Niggli, Qtopia Uster, 2005.
Live image mixing performance with Sven Vath, Rohstofflager, Zurich, 2005.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, RAI3 Rome live national broadcast, 2005.
Live image mixing performance with Transmediale, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2004.
Live image mixing performance with Martin Schuetz, closing night at Visions du Réel, Nyon, France, 2003.
Live image mixing performance with Martin Schuetz, Schauspeilhaus Zurich: The Box, 2003.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, Walcheturm Galerie Zurich, 2003.
Live image mixing performance with Prinzessin in Not, Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2003.
Live image mixing performance with various DJs, Burning Man, Nevada, 2003.
Live image mixing performance with Telefunk Soundsystem, Om Festival 2003–05.
Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith, Expo Swtitzerland, 2002.

1990s

Member of improvisational music trio ESP, Switzerland, 1993–98.

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Publications


Publications

Publications


Publications

Selected Publications

Books – As Primary Subject

Salome Pitschen and Annette Schönholzer (eds.), Making the Invisible Visible. Reihe Andreas Züst and Verlag Ricco Bilger, 1995. With contributions from Peter Mettler, Claudia Acklin, Atom Egoyan, Fred Frith, Philip Hoffman, Nicolas Humbert/Werner Penzel, Thomas Imbach, Fred Kelemen, Réal LaRochelle, Peter Liechti, Christie MacFayden, Bruce McDonald, Catherine Martin, Tom McSorley, Jean Perret, Jeremy Podeswa, Veronika Rail, Pipolotti Rist, Patricia Rozema, Martin Schaub, Peter Weber, Peter Wintonick.

Jerry White, Of This Place and Elsewhere, The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler. Toronto International Film Festival, 2006. Includes an extensive selection of Mettler’s photography with 100 colour plates. Distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.

Books and Theses – As Subject

Georgiana Banita, “Sensing Oil: Sublime Art and Politics in Canada,” in Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture. Edited by Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson, Imre Szeman. 431–457. McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2017.

Soenke Zehle, “Documenting Depletion: Of Algorithmic Machines, Experience Streams, and Plastic People,” in Media and the Ecological Crisis. Edited by Richard Maxwell, John Raundalen, Nina Lager Vestberg. Routledge, 2014.

Randolph Jordan, The Schizophonic Imagination: Audiovisual Ecology in the Cinema. PhD Dissertation, Concordia University, 2010.

Barbara Rockburn, Bonne Entente: Elliptical Elisions and Canadian Narrative Structure. MA Thesis, Carleton University, 1997.

Books and Articles – As Contributor

Paul Spinrad, The VJ Book. San Francisco: Feral House, 2005.

Mike Hoolboom and Tom McSorley (eds.), Life Without Death. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 2009.

Peter Mettler, “Music in films: films as music,” Cinémas, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (October 1992). 34–42.

Selected Essays, Reviews, and Interviews

24 Images  issue #157, 2013

24 Images issue #157, 2013

José Teodoro, “An Interview with Peter Mettler,” Brick: A Literary Journal, Issue 101 (Fall 2018).

Ellen Lande, “A thought-provoking, peculiar exploration of nature,” Modern Times Review, March 5, 2018.

Daniel Ribas, Catarina Maia, “Interview with Peter Mettler,” Porto Post Doc, November 21, 2017.

Adam Szymanski, “In the Middle of it All: Words on and with Peter Mettler,” Inflexions 7, “Animating Biophilosophy” (March 2014). 209-216.

Jenna Iacurci, “DIrector Peter Mettler Explores the Past, Present and Future in His Documentary, The End of Time,” GALO: Global Art Laid Out, December 26, 2013.

Nathan Clarkson, “Aura, Aurora and Aurality: The Narrative of Place in Picture of Light,” special issue “The Five Senses of Canadian Cinema,” Brno Studies in English, Vol. 29, Issue 2 (2013).

Marcel Arbeit, “When Seeing and Hearing Do Not Help: Communication Failures in Canadian Films,” in special issue “The Five Senses of Canadian Cinema,” Brno Studies in English, Vol. 29, Issue 2 (2013).

José Teodoro, “Nothing But Time,” Film Comment, Vol. 49, Issue 2 (March–April 2013).

Gérard Grugeau, “Peter Mettler,” 24 Images, Issue 163 (2013).

Daniel Walber, “Snow, Sex Chairs and the Hadron Collider: The Films of Peter Mettler,” Nonfics, 2013.

“Mettler L’Alchimiste,” special issue of 24 Images, Issue 157 (Fall 2013).

Isabelle Rousset, “Keeping in Real Time with Peter Mettler,” Derivative blog, February 26, 2013.

Christopher Heron, “Peter Mettler Interview,” The Seventh Art, December 5, 2012.

Jason Anderson, “Lost in the Moment: Peter Mettler on The End of Time,” Cinemascope, Issue 52 (Fall 2012).

Kevin Ritchie, “Mettler’s Time arrives in Toronto,” Realscreen, September 6, 2012.

Adam Nayman, “All Things Must Pass: Peter Mettler’s The End of Time,” Point of View Magazine, Issue 87 (Fall 2012).

Alexander Ginnan, “From Recoil to Ruination: Petropolis and the Future of the Canadian Landscape,” Cineaction, Issue 86 (Winter 2012).

Marc Glassman, “Peter Mettler, Part Two,” Point of View Magazine, Issue 76 (Winter 2009).

Marc Glassman, “Peter Mettler, Part One,” Point of View Magazine, Issue 75 (Fall 2009).

Jerry White, “Pictures Enlightened,” Vertigo, Vol. 3, Issue 7 (Autumn 2007).

Joel McConvey, “Improvisational Alchemy and the Art of Peter Mettler,” Musicworks, Issue 97 (Spring 2007).

Peirre Barrette, “Rencontre: Catherine Martin et Peter Mettler,” 24 Images, Issue 131 (March–April 2007).

Catherine Russell, “Cinephilia and the Travel Film: Gambling, Gods and LSD,” Jump Cut, Issue 48 (Winter 2006).

Geoff Pevere, “Peter Mettler: The Pursuit of Wonder,” Take One, 2005.

Peter Mettler, Vertigo, 2005.

Jack Blum, “The Quest for Transcendence, Gambling, Gods and LSD,” Point of View Magazine, 2002.

Jason McBride, “Betting On Transcendence,” Cinemascope, 2002.

Stephan Lam, "In Search of Wonder: Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods and LSD,” Take One, 2002.

Daniel Stefik, “‘Mettlerism’: Fleeting Moments of Transcendence,” Off Screen, Vol. 6, Issue 12 (December 2002).

Daniel Stefik, “An Interview with Peter Mettler,” Off Screen, Vol. 6, Issue 12, December 2002.

Tom McSorley, “Paradox and Wonder: The Cinema of Peter Mettler,” Take One, Issue 7 (Winter 1995). Reprinted in Take One, June–Sept 2005.

Jason McBride, “Peter Mettler: Making the Invisible Visible,” POV, Issue 30 (Fall 1996).

Peter Harcourt, "In Search of Wonder: Peter Mettler's Picture of Light,” Take One, 1994.

Laurinda Hartt, “Peter Mettler’s Scissere,” Cinema Canada (October 1982).

 
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Cinematography


Cinematography & Creative Collaborations

Cinematography


Cinematography & Creative Collaborations

Selected Cinematography and Collaborations

Broken Land (Switzerland, 2014, 75 minutes), directed by Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter. Cinematography and creative collaboration.

National Parks Project: Gros Morne (Canada, 2010, 43 minutes), directed by Ryan J. Noth. Cinematographer.

Manufactured Landscapes (Canada, 2006, 90 minutes), directed by Jennifer Baichwal. Cinematographer and creative collaboration.

Into the Night (Canada, 2005, 78 minutes), directed by Annette Mangaard. Cinematographer.

Streetcar (Canada, 2004, 30 min), directed by Nick de Pencier. Director of Photography.

Krapp’s Last Tape (Ireland, 2000, 58 minutes), directed by Atom Egoyan. Cinematography.

The Ring (UK/Slovenia, 2004, 90 minutes), directed by Angus Reid. Director of Photography.

leda & the swan (Canada, 1998, 100 minutes), directed by Alexandra Rockingham Gill. Cinematography.

The Life is the Red Wagon (Canada, 1989, 4 minutes), by Jane Siberry. Cinematography.

Family Viewing (Canada, 1987, 86 minutes), directed by Atom Egoyan. Cinematography.

Walking After Midnight (Canada, 1988, 92 minutes), directed by Jonothan Kay. Cinematography.

Artist on Fire: The Work of Joyce Wieland (Canada, 1987, 54 minutes), directed by Kay Armatage. Cinematography.

Divine Solitude (Canada, 1986, 28 minutes), directed by Jean-Marc Lariviere. Cinematography.

Passion: A Letter in 16mm (Canada, 1985, 28 minutes), directed by Patricia Rozema. Cinematography.

Knock! Knock! (Canada, 1985, 62 minutes), directed by Bruce McDonald. Cinematography.

Next of Kin (Canada, 1984, 100 minutes), directed by Atom Egoyan. Cinematography.

A Trip Around Lake Ontario (Canada, 1984, 26 minutes), directed by Colin Brunton. Cinematography.

David Roche Talks To You About Love (Canada, 1983, 22 minutes), directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Cinematography.

Open House (Canada, 1982, 25 minutes), directed by Atom Egoyan. Cinematography.

More info on collaborations here.

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Workshops & Lectures


Selected Workshops & lectures

Workshops & Lectures


Selected Workshops & lectures

Workshops & Lectures

Master class at Tribute To A Vision, Kinoatelje Film Festival, Italy/Slovenia, 2018
Master class at MIDBO, Bogotá, Colombia, 2018
Master class at Doc Montevideo, Uruguay, 2018
Master class at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2018
Master class at Ex Oriente Film Workshop, Institut Dokumentárního Filmu, Croatia, 2016
Master class at Doc Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015
Master class at DOCMA, Madrid, 2015
Alma Lov Art Center, Sweden
Three-week intensive course at HEAD School for cinema studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Master class at Doc Institute, Camera Bar, Toronto, 2014
Master class and Panel at Gimme Some Truth Festival, Winnipeg, 2014
Workshop at UnionDocs, New York, 2013
Master class at Planete Doc Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2013
Master class at Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon, 2013
Master class at Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, 2012
Symposium Participant at Art of Peace in a Time of War
Panel Participant on Collaborations with NGOs at DOC Toronto
NFB Feature Documentary Film Program, Canadian Film Center
Master class at HEAD School for cinema studies, Geneva, Switzerland
FOCAL, St. Anton, Switzerland
HGKZ, Zurich, Switzerland
ECAV, Sierre, Switzerland
Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
OCAD, Toronto
CPH-DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
Film School, Helsinki, Finland
Museum of Fine Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland
Ciezyn Festival, Poland
Praxis Screenwriters Workshop, Vancouver
Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver
Cineworks, Vancouver
Banff Television Festival, Alberta
Arts and Film Department, Concordia University, Montreal
SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Sudbury Film Festival, Sudbury
Ryerson University, Toronto
York University, Toronto
Innis College, University of Toronto, Toronto
Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto
Humber College, Toronto
LIFT (Founding Member), Toronto
Ecole d'arts visuel de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland

Jury Memberships

Imagine Science Film Festival, New York
DocumentaMadrid, Spain
Festival dei Popoli, Florence
BAFICI Film Festival, Buenos Aires
Era New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
IDFA Documentary Festival, Amsterdam
Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland
Hot Docs, Toronto
Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
World Film Festival, Montreal
Ontario Arts Council, Toronto