Artist Projects


Lucien Castaing-Taylor , Véréna Paravel

In the very waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras—tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker—it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors.

Project Updates

  • 2013: Leviathan has DVDs & Blu-rays now on sale

  • 2013: Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan is nominated for the seventh annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking in Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking category, Outstanding Achievement in Direction category, Outstanding Achievement in Editing & Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.

  • 2013: Leviathan is nominated for Gotham Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking category, Outstanding Achievement in Direction category, Outstanding Achievement in Editing & Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

  • 2013: Leviathan is #7 in the IndieWire Critics Poll of best movies of 2013

  • 2013: Leviathan will have theatrical premiere at IFC Center in New York on March 1

  • 2012: Leviathan is the winner of the FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award

  • 2012: Leviathan is acquired for U.S. release by Cinema Guild and will have its theatrical premiere in early 2013

  • 2012: Leviathan screens in Toronto Film Festival

  • 2012: Leviathan screens in the New York Film Festival

  • 2012: Leviathan has world premiere at Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Italy

  • 2012: Castaing-Taylor and Paravel finish a rough cut of Leviathan

  • 2012: Castaing-Taylor and Paravel embark on multiple fishing expeditions to shoot footage of fishermen at work for Leviathan

  • Artists

    Lucien Castaing-Taylor

    Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s work seeks to conjugate art’s negative capability with an ethnographic attachment to the flux of life. His work …


    Véréna Paravel

    Véréna Paravel is a filmmaker and anthropologist working at the Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Study Center at Harvard University. He…


  • Events

    Sep 15 – Sep 19, 2013
    Tia Lessin & Carl Deal, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Penny Lane and Sean Elwood participate in the IFP Filmmaker Conference, New York

    Apr 25 – May 09, 2013
    4 Creative Capital artists, including 2 Creative Capital projects, screen in the San Francisco International Film Festival

    Apr 04 – Apr 07, 2013
    Three films from Creative Capital grantees included in the Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, NC

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  • Project News

    February 25, 2013
    Project Premiere: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's "Leviathan" at IFC Center in New York

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