An enigmatic adaptation of the Keats poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Arterial is a silent, experimental film set to a pulsing soundtrack by electronic music pioneers Isan. Set in the industrial hinterlands of England, Arterial is a poetic meditation on the influence of landscape and environment on our state of mind.
Arterial has screened at festivals including London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Split Film Festival, and FICMA.
Arterial made it to the top three of Shooting People's Film Of The Month, judged by Rodrigo Pieto (Cinematographer of Wolf of Wall Street, Brokeback Mountain, and Amores Perros) who described Arterial as...
"Intriguing and captivating, 'Arterial' presents the infrastructures built by mankind as a parallel to living, breathing organisms. Driving on streets that pump cars instead of blood cells, we find loneliness and routine only broken by fantasy."
Starring Christian Kinde and Sheena May.
Written and Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (citizensmith.net).
Original soundtrack by Isan.