February 9, 2017: Macrobiotic Filmmaking

February 9, 2017: Macrobiotic Filmmaking

Like a macrobiotic diet, my film practice is sustained by harvesting images locally and seasonally. The term ‘macrobiotics’ means “big life”, from the Greek words “macro” and “bios”. The images I seek are all within gazing, walking, and biking distance of my front doorstep. When I film a Fall moon through barren branches, Winter rain trickling across a car hood, multi-hued reflections on a swollen Spring creek, and Summer fog tumbling over a hill, I’m ingesting images that live and grow in my region at a very specific time of year. Although the conditions that produce these images are much bigger than me, filming them is like taking a bite of the world so it can nourish me from within.

The time-lapse sequence below was gleaned from the window beside my dining room table, at a rate of one frame every twelve seconds over the course of three and a half hours. The animate interplay of dusty glass, metal fencing, and sun cast shadows is an intimate reflection of living in tune with nature—the core principal of macrobiotics. The music track is Madigan’s composition, Heart of Hearts, performed and recorded in Grace Cathedral Church, San Francisco. In the completed film, this sequence will function as an interstitial pause for the audience to sit with feelings stirred by the narrative, before the final song. In/joy this at full screen by clicking on the arrow icon in the lower right hand corner.