Monday, February 21, 2022

Rock Bottom Riser

  • Rock Bottom Riser Trailer

Rock Bottom Riser Details

  • Year of Production: 2021
  • Length: 70 minutes
  • Color: Color
  • Screening Format: 35mm
  • Language:

About the Film

An internationally-respected 16mm experimental filmmaker, Fern Silva tackles the feature-length form for the first time in this incisive film essay, which takes as its opening salvo an aural meditation on the colonial implications of visual imagery, before swooping in to view, terrifyingly closely, magma flows from the volcano Kīlauea. Over the course of the film’s runtime, the art-as-research methodology examines more serious topics like Polynesian navigation techniques, Indigenous epistemologies, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) land defenders, and pop culture depictions of Hawai’i, as well as more playful and irreverent puns on the word “rock.” Its expansive approach allows Silva to assemble a network of related ideas without forcing them into a rigid hierarchy. As a visual argument, it’s dazzling.

The DocYard is proud to present the debut of Rock Bottom Riser’s 35mm print at the Brattle Theatre, where Silva worked while attending college at MassArt.

DocYard screenings are available virtually for passholders only this season – you can purchase a pass here.

“Silva approaches an idyllic yet troubled archipelago with a cosmically open-minded humanism that remains rooted in the struggles of native Hawaiians, ultimately suggesting that though the heavens belong to all of us, Hawaii belongs to its original inhabitants.” – Keith Watson, Slant Magazine.

World Premiere at Berlinale 2021. Official Selection of Cinéma Du Réel, New Directors/New Films, International Film Festival Rotterdam, True/False Film Festival, and Hawai’i International Film Festival. 

About the Filmmakers

Fern Silva Director/Writer

Fern Silva (1982, USA/Portugal) is an artist who began working as an editor and cameraperson in NYC. His early films centered on his relationship to Portugal and have since expanded, underlining the influence of industry on culture and the environment. For over a decade, his 16mm films have been screened widely in festivals, museums, and […] Read More