CASTOR IS FRENCH FOR BEAVER is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. View more Semifinalist films at vimeo.com/groups/focusforwardfilms/albums/6362.
Multidisciplinary design firm, Castor is known for recontextualizing discarded materials. Three of their most iconic designs are lights repurposed from items most people intend for the trash - the Tube Light from used fluorescent tube lamps; the Tank Light from expired fire extinguishers; the Invisible Chandelier from piles of assorted burnt out light bulbs - all of which are the subject of this film, CASTOR IS FRENCH FOR BEAVER.
We meet and observe the team of Castor’s small Toronto operation - first fabricator Darryl Mahoney on his journey to pull together the pieces that make up the Tank Light, followed by partner Kei Ng's description of how a seemingly ugly item has beauty in a restored context and finally Brian Richer, founding partner and principal designer, who explains the philosophy behind finding new use in the most un-reusable items on the planet.
Produced + Directed by: Carling Acthim + Lana Mauro
Cinematographer: Max Chin
Additional Filming by: Amos LeBlanc
Story Editor: Adrienne Reid
Edited by: Pete O’Hara
Sound Recorder: Finlay Brainwaite
Sound Mixer: Andy Fench
Original Score: James Shaw
Graphics: Carolyn Atyeo
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