GREEN FOG, THE
Guy Maddin and cadre of collaborators Galen and Evan Johnson made this ode to VERTIGO and the city of San Francisco for the closing night, world premiere gala of the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival. Using Bay Area-based footage from hundreds of sources — studio classics, '50s noir, documentary and experimental films, and '70s primetime TV — and employing Maddin's mastery of assemblage technique, seen in work like MY WINNIPEG (2007) and BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (2006), the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock's twisted tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the City by the Bay and the ways it looks and feels through the medium of cinema. Composed by Jacob Garchik and performed by Kronos Quartet, the film's score nods to Bernard Herrmann's classic VERTIGO music as it collides and converses with Maddin and the Johnsons' irreverent, loving footage to create a distinctive musical extravaganza. (Note courtesy of Balcony Releasing.) DIR Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson. U.S., 2017, color, 63 min. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.
Guy Maddin is one of Canada's most adventurous auteurs, with a filmography of more than 12 features and numerous shorts. His credits include the Emmy® Award-winning ballet film DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY (2002); THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (2003); MY WINNIPEG (2007); and National Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Prize winners ARCHANGEL (1990) and THE HEART OF THE WORLD (2000). Maddin was Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, 2015-2016, and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.
Evan Johnson is Winnipeg-based writer and filmmaker. He studied film and philosophy at the University of Manitoba and worked at Winnipeg's Rug Doctor chemical bottling plant before being discovered by Guy Maddin. He co-directed his first feature, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (2015), with Guy Maddin.
Galen Johnson worked for several years in the architecture industry before working as production designer, title designer and composer on Guy Maddin's THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (2015). He has since co-directed BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON (2015) and the experimental short film SÉANCES (2016).
"First and foremost, THE GREEN FOG is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece." – The New York Times