The prologue to The Green Fog shows a dial being turned from “Talk” to “Listen”. In a studio cinema, a man in handcuffs is held at gunpoint as he watches the images on the screen. A map can be seen, with a finger pointing to San Francisco. Reporters stand in front of a building, poised to deliver news by loudspeaker; the public wait in fear. The Golden Gate Bridge appears, bathed in green light; a storm rises, the steep streets of the city are entirely deserted.
The structure of this film by Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson and Evan Johnson pays homage to Hitchcock’s Vertigo: a dizzying assemblage of film and TV images both familiar and unknown, all from the Bay Area. From this trove of found material, they have created a cinematic fantasy that pulls the viewer in and never lets go.
The short film Accidence is hardly less rich in images, though they are spread across the screen in just one single shot. A murder has been committed on a balcony. But it is only one of the many balconies attached to a large apartment block. Strange things are transpiring of each of them on loop. As the eye attempts to take them all in, the murder soon seems entirely unimportant.
Guy MaddinEvan JohnsonGalen Johnson
USA / Canada 2017
62 min · Black/White & Colour
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1956. He is an installation artist, screenwriter, cinematographer and filmmaker. Guy Maddin has also put on numerous live performance versions of his films around the world, featuring live music, sound effects, singing and narration.Filmography (selection)
1988 Tales from the Gimli Hospital; 72 min. 1990 Archangel; 90 min. 1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs; 91 min. 2002 Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary; 73 min. 2003 The Saddest Music in the World; 100 min. 2006 Brand Upon the Brain!; 95 Min., Forum 2007 2007 My Winnipeg; 80 min., Forum 2008 2015 The Forbidden Room; 130 min., Forum 2015, co-directed by Evan Johnson
Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1983. He studied Film and Philosophy and works as a writer and filmmaker.Filmography
2015 Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2016, co-directed by Guy Maddin and Galen Johnson 2016 Seances; co-directed by Guy Maddin and Galen Johnson 2018 Accidence; co-directed by Guy Maddin and Galen Johnson
Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1981. He earned a degree in Architecture before working as a designer and composer.Filmography
2015 Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2016, co-directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson 2017 The Green Fog; co-directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson
Evan JohnsonWinnipeg, Canada
Guy MaddinWinnipeg, Canada
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Accidence; The Green Fog