Sarah J. Christman | 50 min | USA | 2012
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, “As Above, So Below” is a deeply personal and thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her stepfather’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter.
The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.
With Jolley Christman, Robin Nagle, and Thierry Van Kerkhoven
Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design by Sarah J. Christman
Written by Sarah J. Christman & Matthew White
Lighting Design by David Kimelman
Sound Recording by Peter Allen Hoffmann
Sound Mix by Kevin T. Allen
Sarah J. Christman makes non-fiction films that explore the intersections between people, technology and the natural world. She received the New Visions Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival for her film “Dear Bill Gates”, and Jury Awards from the Ann Arbor Film Festival for “Broad Channel” and “As Above, So Below.” Christman’s work has screened widely, including MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Los Angeles Filmforum. She is an Assistant Professor in the Film Department at Brooklyn College.