(16mm, 50 min, 2012)
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, "As Above, So Below" is a thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her stepfather’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter.
The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.
2013 MoMA Documentary Fortnight
Jury Prize, 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Directed by Sarah J. Christman
With Jolley Christman, Robin Nagle, and Thierry Van Kerkhoven
Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design by Sarah J. Christman / Lighting Design by David Kimelman / Sound Mix by Kevin T. Allen / Trailer music by The War On Drugs