Sundance 2013: Coral: Rekindling Venus

Sundance

Coral: Rekindling Venus
Directed by Lynette Wallworth
2013, Australia

The New Frontier selections at Sundance set out to explore the cross section of film, art and technology. It is in that spirit that Coral: Rekindling Venus, inspired in part by astronomer Edmond Halley’s appeal to the international community and subsequent expeditions taken on by a global cohort of scientists in 1761, forgoes the traditional narrative to create a visually stunning and wholly immersive experience, which includes both a full-dome planetary style presentation as well as an augmented reality app available for iOS and Android.

Filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s visionary approach is both mesmerizing and emotionally resonate, capturing a world more alien than any likely to be found in the latest sci-fi blockbuster and all without the aid of gratuitous computer generated effects. Coral: Rekindling Venus reminds us of that other unexplored frontier and the precious resources that lie beyond the tiny mounds of earth we inhabit.

Coral: Rekindling Venus can be seen daily at the New Frontier exhibition as well as several other venues nationwide, including Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium and the Hayden Planetarium in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. For a full list of venues and screening times visit www.coralrekindlingvenus.com.

-Scott Colquitt

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Whether it's lighting a set or dressing it, drafting budgets or setting up c-stands, Scott's passion is making film and supporting local filmmakers. After an initial stint at the Austin Film Society working for Artist Services Director, Bryan Poyser, Scott went to work for award winning producer Sarah Green(Frida, The New World) on Terrence Malick’s long awaited Tree of Life. As a freelance filmmaker Colquitt’s other production credits include acclaimed director Andrew Bujalski’s feature Beeswax, Bryan Poyser’s Lover’s of Hate, as well as projects by Kat Candler, Chris Eska, Clay Liford and Spencer Parsons.

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