MUKUNTUWEAP premiered at the legendary Anthnology Film Archives in New York City on July 31, 2013. Lovely screening for a full house!
I spent a month living in a sandstone cabin in Zion National Park to create this film. I proposed recording "gentle disturbances," those times when a surreal experience challenges our conception of a national park, where the familiar is combined with the unknown.
To achieve my artist goal, I mostly avoided the iconic images of the park. The Zion in this film is not meant to show the beauty of a geological and humanless past. Instead, I focused on places where I thought a new reality could be forged, one that is often right in front of us and sometimes quite familiar; one that includes human voices and human activities, as Zion does today, but also gives us a renewed sense of nature and our place in it.
The title, MUKUNTUWEAP, is the Piaute name for Zion Canyon.