A palpably rendered audiovisual essay draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and Emma Davie (I am Breathing) and philosopher David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous) to forge a path into the places where humans and animals meet.
This inspired collaboration between filmmakers and radical ecologist and geophilosopher is an urgent and immersive audiovisual quest, forging a path into the places where humans and other animals meet, where we pry open our senses to witness the so-called natural world-which in turn witnesses us, prompting us to reflect on the very essence of what it means to inhabit our animal bodies.Shot in and around the Teton Mountains, with their dizzying diversity of wildlife, trails of curious humans in RV's, and billion-year-old geology, the film is a geyser of provocative ideas and heightened sensations related to the sublime circuitry that connects us to our ever-shifting surroundings. A snail's body becomes an immense landscape as the soundscape immerses us in shivering leaves, rushing rivers and the weird spacey pitch of elk bugling at night. Becoming Animal embraces the sensory tools of cinema to trace how the written word and technology has affected how we see.Driven by wonder, curiosity and a desire for a saner balance between ecological realities and technological impulses, Becoming Animal is an invitation to explore our relationship with this "more-than-human world" and
recognize it for what it is: an inexhaustibly mysterious realm wherein
everything is alive and expressive, where humans, animals and landscapes are ..