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Biography


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Biography


Biography

“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, Toronto International Film Festival

From the beginning of his career, Peter Mettler has created films deemed impossible to make yet readily appreciated once they exist. Melding intuition with dramatic, documentary, and experimental forms, Mettler’s cinema is at the forefront of contemporary 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 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 described 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 construct a special time-lapse camera system capable of operating in extreme conditions. Playful and philosophical, Picture of Light is a richly atmospheric journey, praised by John Powers of Vogue 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 takes viewers to exotic locales in search of insight on the forces that give our lives meaning, conveying macro- and microscopic realms from particle colliders to lava fields, urban decay and an interstellar observatory. The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Dalton called it “immersive and hypnotic... a ravishingly beautiful experience.”

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 Next of Kin(1984) and the Samuel Beckett adaptation Krapp’s Last Tape(2000). Mettler served as director of photography and creative consultant 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 renowned theatre director Robert Lepage with Tectonic Plates (1992), shot on location in Venice, Scotland and Montreal, boldly fusing the artifice of theatre with wondrous spectacles gleaned from the real world. More recently, Mettler collaborated with Stéphanie Barbey and Luc Peter as cinematographer and co-editor on Broken Land (2014), a feature documentary about the US–Mexico border, and with Emma Davie and David Abram on Becoming Animal(2018), which considers how animistic philosophy can address the environmental and perceptual crises of our era. Mettler’s additional collaborators include Bruce McDonald, Jeremy Podeswa, Patricia Rozema, Jane Siberry, Michael Ondaatje, Andreas Züst, Jim O’Rourke, Fred Frith, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Ingrid Veninger, Werner Penzel, Albert Hoffman, Peter Weber, Greg Hermanovic, Andrea Nann, Peter Liechti, Gabriel Scotti, Vincent Hanni, Costanza Francavilla, Ritchie Hawtin, and Neil Young.

Mettler on location in India shooting Gambling, Gods and LSD

Mettler’s films have been the focus of multiple retrospectives, including at TIFF, BAFICI, Lincoln Centre, Pacific Film Archive, Jeu de Paume Paris, Cinémathèque Suisse, Hot Docs, Festival dei Popoli, Kinoatelje Film Festival, and many other festivals and cinematheques. His awards include a 2003 Genie from the Academy of Canadian Cinema for Best Documentary, the La Sarraz Prize from Locarno, Grand Prix and Prix du Jeune Publique at Vision Du Réel, Grand Prize at Figueira da Foz Festival, and Best Film, Cinematography, and Writing at Hot Docs. 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 Inc. 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 2013, with Paul Frehner and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at New Creations Festival 2016, and with John Oswald at in/future Festival 2016. These events push Mettler’s established skills into ever-newer territories, entrancing audiences with the audio-visual allure of cinema while offering the exhilaration of witnessing something spontaneous and achingly ephemeral. Most recently, Mettler has toured across Europe performing Yoshtoyoshto, a live divination of image, story and music produced in collaboration with anthropologist Jeremy Narby and musician Franz Treichler.

“Mettler’s clear-headed idealism, his awareness and inquisitiveness […] turn limitations into art – into opportunities for transcendence – making him one of contemporary world cinema’s most compelling and unique filmmakers.” – Jerry White, scholar

“Mettler's films offer more than can generally be expected in the cinema: no escapism and numbing of the senses, but a formidable school of perception, associative visions and ideas for sharpened awareness, encouragement for an open mind… instead of linearly telling a story, he breaks apart conceptual thinking to create moods beyond rational and linguistically nameable truths.” – Marcel Elsener, Kino Xenix

“Mettler has tuned himself to the world. His camera is like a musical instrument. Always receptive to the unexpected, he follows invisible currents to eavesdrop on the miracles of daily life and rediscovers wonder.” – Peter Weber, novelist

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Filmography


Filmography


Filmography

Becoming Animal (2018, 78 minutes) Feature documentary co-directed with Emma Davie, and featuring David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous), that examines how an animistic philosophy can address the contemporary environmental crisis through a transformed understanding of nature.

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

The End of Time (2012, 114 minutes) Feature documentary exploring our perception of time through a diverse array of subjects, from the jungles of Costa Rica, lava fields of Hawaii, and urban decay of Detroit, to CERN’s 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.) Short documentary on the trials of being electronically over-connected. Commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada.

Memorizer (2009, 200 minutes) Video installation presenting a series of interviews in memory of the Swiss collector, artist and scientist Andreas Züst, for Aargauer Kunsthaus Switzerland.

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.) Travelogue diary and performance, a lyrical tribute to the creative forces found on the island of Bali. Music by Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble.

Picture of Light (1994, 83 min.) Feature documentary about a film crew traveling to the sub-Arctic town of Churchill, Manitoba, in an attempt to capture the wonder of the northern lights on celluloid that becomes an extended meditation on the interplay between technology and environment. 

Tectonic Plates (1992, 104 min.) Feature drama 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, spread across multiple countries, years and characters. 

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

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

Scissere (1982, 83 min.) Feature experimental psychodrama, 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)

Nominated for DOX:AWARD, CPH:DOX
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
Official Selection – Masters, IDFA

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, Toronto International Film Festival
Canada's Top Ten Critic’s Selection
Best Documentary, Music, Camera, Swiss Film Prize Nominations
Official Selection – Masters, 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)

Prix du Jury du Jeune Publique, 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)

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

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
Grand Prix and Prix du Jury du Publique, 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
One of the Year’s Best Films, Film Comment

Balifilm (1997)

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

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 Film, Writing, Cinematography, Canadian Independent Film Caucus Documentary Awards
Best Ontario Film, MCTV Award
Best Feature, Cinéfest Sudbury
Award for Excellence, Yamagata International Documentary Festival
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Certificate of Merit, Chicago International Film Festival

Tectonic Plates (1992)

Grand Prize – Most Innovative Film of the Festival, Figuera da Foz International Festival
Grand Prize – Best Film, Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival
Grand Prize & Award for Excellence, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Two Genie Award Nominations, Academy of Canadian Cinema, 1993

The Top Of His Head (1989)

Nominated for Genie Award for 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, 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,” retrospective at Kino Xenix, Zürich, 2018.
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, spotlight at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2018.
Spotlight at Porto/Post/Doc, 2017.
MUBI x Post/Porto/Doc, online spotlight at MUBI, 2017.
”Afterimage: Peter Mettler,” BAMPFA, San Francisco, 2017.
Retrospective at Cinémathèque Suisse, Lausanne, 2016.
”3XDOC” spotlight at DOCMA Madrid, 2015.
Spotlight at DOC Buenos Aires, 2015.
Spotlight at Festival Internacional Documentales, Santiago, Chile, 2014.
Spotlight at Gimme Some Truth Documentary Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, 2014.
“State of Expanded Cinematic Vision,” online retrospective at Doc Alliance Films, 2014.
“Peter Mettler: Pictures of Light,” retrospective at Lincoln Center, New York, 2013.
Spotlight at Planete + Doc Festival, Warsaw, 2013.
”Focus On: Peter Mettler,” retrospective at Hot Docs, Toronto, 2013.
Retrospective at Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal, 2012.
”Peter Mettler: Epiphanies and Revelations,” retrospective at Festival dei Popoli, Florence, 2010.
“Canadian Spotlight,” retrospective at Toronto International Film Festival, 2006.
Retrospective at FilmStudio, Rome, 2004.
Retrospective and Carte Blanche, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2003.
Director in Focus, BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2003.
Retrospective at Arsenal, Berlin, 1999.
Retrospective at Mecano, Netherlands, 1998.
Retrospective and Carte Blanche at Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto, 1996.
Retrospective at VIPER Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1995.

Selected Gallery Exhibitions

“Imago Mundi,” group exhibition in Venice and Toronto, 2018.
“Framemixes,” solo show at Palazzo del cinema, Gorizia, Italy, 2018.
“Framemixes,” “Teledivinitry,” and “City Lights,” solo shows at Planete + Doc Festival, Warsaw and Wroclaw, Poland, 2013.
“Focus On: Peter Mettler,” video installation at opening night of Hot Docs Festival, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2013.
“Notations (for the End of Time),” solo show at Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal, 2012.
“Notations (for the End of Time),” solo show at Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2010.
“Memorizer: The Collector Andreas Züst,” group show at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland, 2009.
“Mise en Scène,” group show at O’Born Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, 2008.
“Teledivinitry,” solo show at Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2006.
“Of This Place and Elsewhere,” solo photographic show at Lennox Gallery, Toronto, 2006.
“Orientation,” Galerie Sala 1, Rome, 2005.
“Teledivinity,” solo show at S.A.W. Gallery, Ottawa, 2004.
Solo show at Solothurn Galerie S2, 2002.
Solo show at Schlesinger Stiftung, Appenzell, Switzerland.
“I Died Shortly Thereafter,” solo show at Foto Forum, St.Gallen; Galerie Neugebauer, Basel, 1995.

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Performances


Live performances

Performances


Live performances

Selected Live Performances

Yoshtoyoshto, live performance with Franz Treichler and Jeremy Narby.

Videoex, Zürich, Switzerland. May 30, 2015.
Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland. November 19, 2016.
Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland. November 24, 2016.
Porto/Post/Doc, Porto, Portugal. December 2, 2017.
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark. March 17, 2018.
Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Poland. May 12, 2018.

Confluence: Inner Pierces, Outer Spaces, live performance with music by John Oswald.

in/future, Cinesphere at Ontario Place, Toronto. September 18, 2016.

From The Vortex Perspective, collaboration with composer Paul Frehner, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

New Creations Festival, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto. March 9, 2016.

Taken By Night, live performance with dance choreography by Andrea Nann, presented by Dreamwalker Dance Company.

918 Bathurst Center for Culture & the Arts, Toronto. November 26–28, 2015.

Live image mixing performance with Fred Frith.

Planete + Doc, Warsaw, Poland. May 12, 2013.

Live image mixing performance with Biosphere.

Hot Docs, The Royal Cinema, Toronto. April 28, 2013.

Meteorologies, live image mixing performance with Fred Frith in honour of Andreas Züst.

Videoex, Zürich, Switzerland. June 3, 2012.
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France. May 30–31, 2012.
Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal. 2012.

Constellation Young Gods, live performance with Gabriel Scotti and Vincent Hanni.

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France. December 10, 2010.

Vox Ballanae, live performance with music by The Art of Time Ensemble, composer George Crumb, part of America and The Black Angel.

Enwave Theatre, Toronto. 2007.

Bas-Reliefs, multi-disciplinary collaboration with Marie-Josée Chartier, Chartier Danse.

Enwave Theatre, Toronto. 2007.
Danse Cite, Montreal. 2006.

Shostakovitch/Notes in Silence, live theatre piece in collaboration with choreography by Andrea Nann.

Harbourfront Center, Toronto. 2006. With The Art Of Time Ensemble.
Harbourfront Center, Toronto. 2007.
Enwave Theatre, Toronto. February 12–13, 2010. With The Art Of Time Ensemble.

Elsewhere, live image mixing performance with Derivative, Lester Alfonso, Elysha Poirer, and music by Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble, Murcof, Marc Weiser, Martin Schutz, Telefunk, Adam Marshall, Tom Kuo.

Toronto International Film Festival special event, Berkeley Church, Toronto. September 2006.

Selected Additional Improvised Live Performances

Architextures, Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2019. With various DJs.
Tribute To A Vision, Teatre San Giorgio, Udine, Italy. October 19, 2018. With Forma Free Music Impulse and Contemporanea – musicians Andrea Gulli, Alex Koruga, Mattia Piani, Jesus Valenti; conducted by Giovanni Maier.
Architextures at Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2018. With various DJs.
Architextures at Round Venue, Toronto. January 1, 2017. With various DJs.
Solstice, Singhampton, ON. June 2012–18. With various live performers and DJs.
Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Ontario. June 14, 2011. With Tom Kuo and Anne Bourne.
Blue Dot, Open Ears Festival, Kitchener, Canada, 2011. With various DJs.
Electric Eclectics, Meaford, Ontario. August 1, 2010. With Lester Alfonso, Anne Bourne, Tom Kuo.
INIT, presented by Tom Kuo and Brian T. Moore, Toronto, 2009. With various musicians.
Videoex & Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Switzerland, 2009. With Fred Frith.
Kunstraum Walcheturm New Years Party, Switzerland, 2008. With DJ Styro, Bang Goes and others,
Tonal Topography, St. Stephen’s Church, Toronto, Canada, 2008. With Deadbeat, Android Jones.
Zwei Tage Zeit, in conjunction with The International Society for Contemporary Music, Zürich, Switzerland, 2008. With Fred Frith.
In the Mix Festival, Spin Gallery, Toronto, 2007. With Tom Kuo and Anne Bourne.
La Corbiere, Village Nomade, Switzerland, 2007. Wth Fred Frith.
Pusher, DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto, 2007. With Monolake.
Nuit Blanche, Drake Hotel, Toronto, 2006. With Derivative, Tom Kuo, Adam Marshall.
Qtopia, Uster, Switzerland, 2005. With percussionist Lucas Niggli.
Rohstofflager, Zürich, 2005. With Sven Vath.
Dachkantine, Erlebnisastronomie, Zürich, 2005. With various DJs.
RAI3 Rome, live national radio broadcast, 2005. With Fred Frith.
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2004. With Transmediale.
Visions du Réel, Nyon, France, 2003. With Martin Schuetz.
Schauspeilhaus Zürich: The Box, 2003. With Martin Schuetz.
Walcheturm Galerie, Zürich, 2003. With Fred Frith.
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2003. With Prinzessin in Not.
Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2003. With Prinzessin in Not.
Burning Man, Nevada, 2003. With various DJs.
Om Festival, 2003–05. With Telefunk Soundsystem and others.
Expo Switzerland, 2002. With Fred Frith.
Member of improvisational music trio ESP, Switzerland, 1993–98.

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Publications


Publications

Publications


Publications

Selected Publications

Books – As Primary Subject

Mateja Zorn (ed.), Peter Mettler. Quaderni del Kinoatelje #1. Texts by Dora Ciccone, Nicola Falcinella, Patricia Maličev, Aljaž Škrlep, Denix Valič, Mateja Zorn. Kinotelje / Grafica Goriziana, 2018. ISBN: 978-88-88355-33-7

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.

Salome Pitschen and Annette Schönholzer (eds.), Making the Invisible Visible. Reihe Andreas Züst and Verlag Ricco Bilger, 1995. With texts by 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.


Books – As Subject

Lars Koens and Demelza Kooij, “Creative use of voice in non-fiction narrative film: an examination of the work of Peter Mettler,” in Soundings: documentary film and the listening experience, edited by Geoffrey Cox and John Corner. 151–172. University of Huddersfield Press, 2018.

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.

Geoff Pevere, “Peter Mettler: The Pursuit of Wonder,” in Take One: Interviews and Essays. Toronto: Take One 2005.

Mike Hoolboom, “Peter Mettler: Gambling, Gods and LSD,” in Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2004.

Brian D. Johnson, Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2000.

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. Pp. 112–116.

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

“The Condition of Life,” Vertigo Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 9 (Autumn 2005).

Peter Mettler, “Une crise de la perception?,” 24 Images, No. 124 (Autumn 2005), 17–18. Trans. Gérard Grugeau.

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

 
24 Images  issue #157, 2013

24 Images issue #157, 2013

Gérard Grugeau and Diane Poitras, “Mettler, L’Alchimiste,” dossier for special issue of 24 Images, No. 157 (Fall 2013). Articles: Marcel Jean, “Portrait de group avec marge”; Herménégilde Chiasson, “L’absolu du regard”; Donato Totaro, “Partout, je suis l’eau: les journeaux intimes de Peter Mettler”; Gérard Grugeau, “L’imagination de la matière”; Carlos Ferrand, “La transe du sourcer”; Diane Poitras, “Le mystère du réel”; Catherine Martin, “Le temps et Peter Mettler”; Peter Weber, “Mixxa et le futur proche”; Pierre Hébert, “La composition sonore chez Peter Mettler”; Pierre Jutras, “Picture of Light de Peter Mettler”.

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, No. 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, Issue 87 (Fall 2012).

Alexander Ginnan, “From Recoil to Ruination: Petropolis and the Future of the Canadian Landscape,” Cineaction, No. 86 (Winter 2012).

Marc Glassman, “Peter Mettler, Part Two,” Point of View, No. 76 (Winter 2009), 4–11.

Marc Glassman, “Peter Mettler, Part One,” Point of View, No. 75 (Fall 2009), 4–9.

Jerry White, “Pictures Enlightened,” Vertigo, Vol. 3, No. 7 (Autumn 2007).

Joel McConvey, “Improvisational Alchemy and the Art of Peter Mettler,” Musicworks, Issue 97 (Spring 2007), 41–46.

Pierre Barrette, “Rencontre: Catherine Martin et Peter Mettler,” 24 Images, No. 131 (March–April 2007), 41–45.

Catherine Russell, “Cinephilia and the Travel Film: Gambling, Gods and LSD,” Jump Cut, No. 48 (Winter 2006).

Greg Woods, “The Voyage Within: The Cinema of Peter Mettler,” 2005.

Geoff Pevere, “Peter Mettler: The Pursuit of Wonder,” Take One Special Edition (Sept–Nov 2004), 35–39.

Wyndham Wise, “Interview with Peter Mettler,” Take One Special Edition (Sept–Nov 2004), 40–59.

Marcy Goldberg, “Middle of the Moment,” Point of View, No. 41/42 (Winter 2001), 11–15.

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

Jason McBride, “Betting On Transcendence: Peter Mettler on Gambling, Gods and LSD,” Cinemascope, September 2002, 26–29.

Stephen 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, No. 12 (December 2002).

Daniel Stefik, “An Interview with Peter Mettler,” Off Screen, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2002.

Tom McSorley, “Paradox and Wonder: The Cinema of Peter Mettler,” Take One, Vol. 1, No. 7 (Winter 1995). Reprinted in Take One special issue: “The Best of Take One”, Vol. 14 No. 50 (June–Sept 2005), 42–46.

Cameron Bailey, “Standing In the Kitchen All Night: A Secret History of the Toronto New Wave,” Take One (Summer 2000), 6–11.

Brian D. Johnson, “Dead Ringers: An excerpt from Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever,” Take One (2000), 23–33.

Jason McBride, “Peter Mettler: Making the Invisible Visible,” Point of View, No. 30 (Fall 1996).

Jason McBride, “Peter Mettler Phenoeman,” Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Vol. 16, No. 4 (July/August 1996), 13–16.

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

Peter Harcourt, “In Pursuit of Wonder,” Point of View.

Martin Schaub, “Hirnströme Herztöne,” Das Magazin, No. 40 (1993), 8–13.

Caroline Benjo, “Plaques tectoniques: Rencontre avec Peter Mettler,” Vertigo, No. 8 (1991), 77–80.

John Colapinto, “Stop Making Sense: A Coffee Break with Peter Mettler,” Cinema Canada (1988).

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

Reference Entries

The Canadian Encyclopedia – article by Tom McSorley

Take One’s Essential Guide to Canadian Film, edited by Wyndham Wise. University of Toronto Press, 2001.

Take One: 1001 Greatest Canadian FIlms & Filmmakers of All Time, special limited edition, edited by Wyndham Wise, 2005.

Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada, edited by Peter Rist. Greenwood Press, 2001.

Wikipedia

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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, editing and creative consultant.

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 consultant.

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.
Finakademie Baden-Wüttermberg, Ludwigsburg, Switzerland, 2017.
Lecture and Q&As at BAMPFA, San Francisco, 2017.
Master class at Ex Oriente Film Workshop, Institut Dokumentárního Filmu, Croatia, 2016.
“Cinema as Search and Discover,” Master class at Doc Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015.
“Choreography in the Quantum Space,” workshop at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 2015.
Master class at DOCMA, Madrid, 2015.
Workshop on voice-over in documentary film, FOCAL, Basel, Switzerland, 2015.
Talent lab mentorship and conference on social impact through documentary, Doc Circuit/RIDM, Montreal, 2014.
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.
Workshop at Alma Lov Art Center, Sweden, 2013.
Workshop at HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland, 2013.
Master class at Planete Doc Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2013.
Workshop at Metro Cinema, Film and Video Arts Society, Edmonton, Alberta, 2013.
Workshop at KIAC, Dawson City, Yukon, 2013.
Master class at Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon, 2013.
Master class at Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, 2012.
Master class at Doc Halifax, Halifax, 2012.
NFB Feature Documentary Film Program, Canadian Film Center, 2011, 2012.
Symposium Participant, Art of Peace in a Time of War, 2011.
“Documentary and NGOs” Panel, Documentary Organization of Canada, 2011.
Workshop with Marc Glassman at Ryerson University, 2011.
“Art and Activism,” seminar with Jeremy Narby, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France, 2010.
Videoex and Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009.
“Documentary as Art Practice,” LIFT Workshop panel discussion, NFB Cinema, Toronto, 2009.
Two-day intensive workshop at HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009.
Four-day intensive workshop at FOCAL, St. Anton, Switzerland, 2007.
HGKZ, Zürich, Switzerland, 2004, 2007.
Lecture and workshop, ECAV, Sierre, Switzerland, 2003, 2005.
Workshop at Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, 2003.
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 Departments, 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.
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, 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

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Collections


Collections


Selected Collections

Toronto International Film Festival Archives
Cinémathèque Suisse Archives, Lausanne
University of Toronto
York University
Ryerson University
McGill University
Concordia University
Université de Québec
NSCAD University
Yukon Film Society
Dawson College Library
University of Vermont
University of Bern
University of Sydney
Instytucja Filmowa Silesia Film
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Nanyang Technological University
O’Borne Contemporary Gallery
Various private collections