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Trying to Kiss the Moon

Stephen Dwoskin
1994
96mins Colour 16mm

Trying to Kiss the Moon

This autobiographical film (or Trying to Kiss the Moon) evolves from the perspective of events and images over a period of over 50 years.

These events are liberated and interwoven like an inner landscape framing one life, directly and indirectly, all life-connected and film-connected by personal associations and rediscovered fragments. The autobiography is formed from flashes, reflections and memories situated like remnants in an old drawer, box or film can. It is a film where the images both replace and run parallel to text, music and silence. They elaborate and extend the film's intimate and integral form of self and shared expression. The thoughts and anecdotes are presented in a multi-layered, multi-textured display that becomes an extension of the self, and the self as an extension of film. It includes "homemovies" made since 1939, as well as more recent pieces of work, including small sections of incomplete and experimental work, outtakes of finished film pieces, snapshots, extracts of letters, paintings, and impressionistic reconstructions. They are positioned in a nonnarrative structure where pieces fuse continuously, and where it seems as if the past overlaps the present and the present overlaps the past. That is, they are stylized and suggestive representing this single life dependant upon looking, seeing and the camera and, of course, the accidental, but real, circumstance of surrounding influences. The overall expression is that of a filmic selfportrait one that is reflective and open ended.

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