Into the Wild
Into the Wild, 2020, 16mm/digital, b/w and colour, sound, 5min
Images, harvested on a farm in Mount Forest, Canada, captured with a hand-cranked Bolex, on film material that is made for sound only. Processed in buckets, in shimmering red light down by the old stables. A glimpse through the cracks, somebody is walking in the meadow, trees trembling in the wind, flowers, grass. A world that only film can see, a material flow emerging from the coupling of camera, celluloid, silver salts, chemicals, light particles and the hand of the filmmaker. The film was entirely processed by hand and chemically treated: overexposed images were brought back to life with bleach, other images were solarized and reversed.
Text Diagonale (Michele Koch): With a Bolex and analogue black-and-white material, which is actually used for sound recording, Markus Maicher captured ephemeral moments in nature on a farm in Canada and developed the film roles by hand in an improvised darkroom. Into the Wild is raw, scratched, fragile, fleeting—and full of ghostly beauty.
Distribution: Canyon Cinema, CFMDC, Light Cone
Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Columbia
Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA
Filmkoop Wien, Austria
Harkat 16mm Film Festival, India
Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Turkey
Kinoskop – Analog Experimental Film Festival, Serbia
Metrokino Kulturhaus, Austria
Peripheries Experimental Film & Video Festival, USA
Tranås at the Fringe, Sweden
Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Austria