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11 September 2020

Im/Mortal

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “Scarlet Medusa” - 18 mins 25s

The inevitable ebb and flow of life is examined in this meditative short film from Spencer MacDonald. Entwining the stories of a Zen priest and an ageing scientist, the piece poetically ponders what it means to live and die and whether we could - or should - attempt to interrupt that cycle.

The film is a treat for the eyes as well as a workout for the brain, as it blends archive footage, beautiful underwater photography, and intimate visual insights into its subjects' lives. There's also some lovely audio work throughout, as shot transitions occur in time with the film's atmospheric soundtrack.

Chuck in a musical interlude, philosophical questions about the future of humanity, and advice about living in the moment, and the rewards for patient viewers multiply. Sit back and let it wash over you, the film implores, like you're an immortal jellyfish at sea.


Cinematographer: Spencer MacDonald
Location: Shirahama/Kyoto, Japan

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