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Project Premiere: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's "Leviathan" at IFC Center in New York

February 25, 2013

Theatrical Premiere
Opens Friday, March 1, 2013
IFC Center, New York, NY

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel (2012 Film/Video) celebrate the theatrical premiere of their Creative Capital-supported project, Leviathan, with a run at IFC Center in New York beginning March 1, followed by a national release. The filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A at the screenings on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

Shot in the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature and machine in the harsh theater of long-haul commercial fishing. Castaing-Taylor and Paravel shot the footage over the course of a year on a dozen cameras—tossed and tethered, passed from filmmaker to ship crew, swooping from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views in the sky. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, Leviathan presents a visual meditation on the sea and a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.

In the New York Times, Dennis Lim raved that Leviathan “looks and sounds like no other documentary in memory.” The film was an official selection of the New York, Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals, among others, and winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle’s Douglas Edwards Award. Castaing-Taylor and Paravel recently presented the film with three related video installations in the Berlinale Forum. Watch the trailer for Leviathan and read more about the expansion of the film footage into multimedia projects on our blog, The Lab.

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