As Above, So Below, 2012, 55 min
Sarah J. Christman, Brooklyn, NY
That which is below is like that which is above
and that which is above is like that which is below
to do the miracles of the one only thing.
- The Emerald Tablet, Translation by Isaac Newton
For thousands of years, alchemists toiled to synthesize rare substances and universal cures, to manipulate the speed of natural processes. Today, my mother has her husband’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond. Precious metals are extracted from obsolete electronics. What was once the world’s largest landfill-- now also the final resting place of the World Trade Center’s remains-- is being converted into a public park. The film intimately examines various transmutations, both microscopic and massive, that reshape matter and its meanings. What separates the permanent from the impermanent, the things we discard from those we preserve?
World Premiere, Video
Directed by Sarah J. Christman (Brooklyn, NY)
Saturday, March 31 7:00pm
Feature in Competition Sarah J. Christman’s documentary intimately examines various transmutations that reshape matter and its meanings. What separates the permanent from the impermanent, the things we discard from those