Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights. We see them in Maine in winter—if we’re very lucky. But you see them more reliably and more spectacularly as you head north. So that’s what Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler and his brave crew did to make Picture of Light, shown here in a new restoration so those lights haven’t faded. Mettler heads to to Canada’s arctic in search of one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the film crew’s comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the spectacular light show of the Northern Lights on celluloid. But, non-spoiler alert: they do!
Picture of Light
Sponsored by The Jenson Family
Canada 1994 – DCP – 83 minutes
Director, Screenplay: Peter Mettler
Producers: Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Peter Mettler, Ingrid Veninger
With: Gavin Connor, Brian Ladoon, Don Lind, Peter Mettler, Kees Verspeek
Print Courtesy: First Run Features