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September

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

Showtime: Thursday, September 14 at 3pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Peter Mettler and Andreas Züst’s attempt to capture the aurora borealis on film became 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," Peter Urquhart declared in Reverse Shot, "brandishing profundity, humour and many extraordinarily beautiful images." 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

To commemorate Canada 150, this film was digitally restored by TIFF, Library and Archives Canada, The 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 carried out at Technicolor, Toronto and Montreal, with soundtrack restoration by Lou Solakofski of Tattersall Sound and Picture, and Peter Bräker sound design, Switzerland, under the supervision of Director Peter Mettler.

August

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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.
 

July

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July 26 - 30
Gimli Film Festival will be screening Picture of Light.  Read the programmers picks: http://gimlifilm.com/films/programmers-picks/

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

June

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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 (ticketed 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 Films Inc. , Artless Collective / Aerials NorthPeter Mettler & Parks Canada

2017 Yoshtoyoshto Trailer

A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story. PETER METTLER - FRANZ TREICHLER (THE YOUNG GODS) - JEREMY NARBY (THE COSMIC SERPENT) 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. 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.

May

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

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

April

April 8 / Ibiza Live Visuals at ZK COLLECTIVE for PHANTOM LOVE

April 8 / Ibiza
Live Visuals at ZK COLLECTIVE for PHANTOM LOVE

March

March 3 / Kitchener, Ontario Peter Mettler will be performing live visuals for Sebastian Mullaert at Blue Dot. 

March 3 / Kitchener, Ontario
Peter Mettler will be performing live visuals for Sebastian Mullaert at Blue Dot

January

Imago Mundi is the 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. A new, broad and diverse collection that Imago Mundi is dedicating to Canada: works that bring together the creativity and expressive cultures of artists from the central-eastern side of the country: 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" was constructed by spreading light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion onto the canvas, then using traditional darkroom methods to project a negative image of a forest upon it, followed by processing in traditional photographic chemicals. The mounted antimonite comes from a rare large hydrothermal deposit in Romania. Antimonite has been used for centuries as Egyptian Kohl or eyeliner, for pyrotechnic stars (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 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. Password: imagomundi The art book can be purchased at Fabrica and other online outlets. 

Imago Mundi is the 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.

A new, broad and diverse collection that Imago Mundi is dedicating to Canada: works that bring together the creativity and expressive cultures of artists from the central-eastern side of the country: 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" was constructed by spreading light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion onto the canvas, then using traditional darkroom methods to project a negative image of a forest upon it, followed by processing in traditional photographic chemicals. The mounted antimonite comes from a rare large hydrothermal deposit in Romania. Antimonite has been used for centuries as Egyptian Kohl or eyeliner, for pyrotechnic stars (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 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. Password: imagomundi
The art book can be purchased at Fabrica and other online outlets. 


TIFF is hosting a free screening of Manufactured Landscapes on Saturday, January 14 as part ofCanada's Top Ten Film Festival. The winner of the Best Canadian Feature prize, Jennifer Baichwal'sdocumentary 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 in attendance.

TIFF is hosting a free screening of Manufactured Landscapes on Saturday, January 14 as part ofCanada's Top Ten Film Festival. The winner of the Best Canadian Feature prize, Jennifer Baichwal'sdocumentary 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 in attendance.

 
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December

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.

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 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

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


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.

November

Picture of Light will be screening on November 5 -6 inTurkey. 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.

Picture of Light will be screening on November 5 -6 inTurkey. 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.


Later in the month 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.

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.


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

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

September

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).


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).

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July

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. 

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. 

May

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.


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.

March

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.  

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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December


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.

November

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.


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.

October

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.

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


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 and events:

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."

May

YOSHTO-YOSHTO A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story. PETER METTLER - FRANZ TREICHLER - JEREMY NARBY 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’.

YOSHTO-YOSHTO
A live divination with Moving Image, Music and Story.
PETER METTLER - FRANZ TREICHLER - JEREMY NARBY
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’.

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

April

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.

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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November

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

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.

August

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

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

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June

The films of Peter Mettler will be featured at June's 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

April

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

March

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.

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! 
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January

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

 
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