Kyle Armstrong | 12 min | Canada | 2012
EAST COAST PREMIERE
A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba. The film touches on the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind’s struggle against natural processes of decay. The film features an original score by Jim O’Rourke, a voice-over by Will Oldham and likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
DIRECTOR | Kyle Armstrong
CINEMATOGRAPHY | Kyle Armstrong + Trond Trondsen
PRODUCED BY | Kyle Armstrong + Trond Trondsen ORIGINAL SCORE | Jim O’Rourke
VOICE | Will Oldham
As a filmmaker Kyle Armstrong has focused predominantly on short, non-narrative film. Working with super8 and 16mm, as well as lo- fi video, Armstrong frequently uses hand-altering film techniques, employing bleaches, dyes, scratches, and paint to alter both his own footage and found films. His works have been screened at various galleries, during live performances and in traditional cinemas across Canada. His films are influenced by filmmakers as diverse as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Bela Tarr, Alexander Sokurov, Guy Maddin and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Kyle has been working with Guy Maddin on the acclaimed director’s Spiritisms project as a “deputized” director, 2nd Unit Director and visual manipulator. Armstrong is currently a term instructor at MacEwan University in the Design Studies program and the president of the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.