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Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

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“Framed within the vision of the Hudson River School and the legend of Rip Van Winkle, Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder unfolds as a storm approaches on the horizon. An uncertain future is in store as the creeping hand of history disrupts nature and civility in the Hudson River regions of Upstate New York.” Fern Silva
Fern Silva’s associative 16mm film is at times a portrait of a multi-generational artist community, a meditation on landscape, and a swan song for the idyll of rural America.

Fern Silva

USA 2017


9’ · Colour · 16 mm


Fern Silva
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Fern Silva


Fern Silva

Fern Silva, born in 1982 in Hartford, USA, is an artist based in New York who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums, and cinematheques. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He is Visiting Artist in Residence in the Film & Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.


2007 Notes from a Bastard Child; 9 min. 2008 Spinners; 7 min. · After Marks; 7 min. 2009 Sahara Mosaic; 10 min. 2010 Servants of Mercy; 14 min. · In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails; 13 min. 2011 Peril of the Antilles; 6 min., Forum Expanded 2012 · Passage Upon the Plume; 7 min. 2012 Concrete Parlay; 18 min. 2013 Tender Feet; 10 min. 2014 Wayward Fronds; 13 min., Forum Expanded 2012 2015 Scales in the Spectrum of Space; 7 min. 2017 The Watchmen; 10 min. · Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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