The Chumash Indians, who inhabited the Southern California coastal region, believed that there were three worlds: the world which we inhabit as well as the one above and below us. The world above was the sky and the home of the eagle, sun, moon and the supernatural; the middle world, where humans reside, was held in place by a giant serpent which sometimes moved and caused earthquakes; and the lower world, the water world, was the home of darkness and danger, and was composed of the urine of the many frogs who lived in it. This film is loosely based on this cosmology and how man interacts with it.
This film was commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, for exhibition at the Guadalajara International Book Fair. The city of Los Angeles was the invited guest to the book fair, and this film was exhibited in the pavilion, devoted to Los Angeles and designed by John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Inc.
A single screen HD soundfilm exploring the experiences of the last remaining family working their organic farm at the end of Runway B of Narita International Airport in Japan. This soundfilm is a collaboration between Rupert Cox and Angus Carlyle and it is the result of two periods of fieldwork in Narita (after several preliminary visits by Rupert): one timed to coincide with the harvest, the other with the sowing season. The work was supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award
In this version, the film was selected for the 'special interest' category at the Royal Anthropological Institute's 2011 Ethnographic Film Festival.