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  1. Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light

    A feature film essay on Aldous Huxley's cultural criticism and social prophecy in light of the new millennium.

    Narration: Dr. Jean Houston.

    A contemporary reading of Huxley's oeuvre, a rendition and interpretation, inspired by an immersion into his life and thought. Complex, iconoclastic, psychedelic, and historical.

    Aldous Huxley: The Gravity Of Light incorporates rare archival footage, computer rendered 3D animation, speculative fictions, and selections from his essays.

    Personal in tone, the film also recalls the impact of Huxley's LSD-25 and mescaline experimentations and writings for a whole generation of youth and examines the utopianistic impulses associated with the recent Rave scene. The work reflects the aesthetics and poesis of the psychedelic state without collapsing into the tie-dye cliches that have trivialized the '60's era.

    Doctor Jean Houston, a senior advisor to the United Nations on matters of Human Development, eloquently speaks on the immense contribution Huxley has made concerning the possible human.

    Special thanks to Laura Huxley and Jean Houston.

    "Hockenhull's simultaneously thoughtful and carefully conceived approach to the subject has made for a kind of documentary I would not hesitate to compare with the works of Trinh T. Minh-ha in form and self-reflexivity and Derek Jarman in style and composition. Hockenhull's approach to this "hybrid" form of cinema manages to aggressively question our presumptions and preconceptions around the current Zeitgeist while simultaneously exploring the knowledge and impact of one of the twentieth century's greatest minds." Alex Mackenzie, Curator/Programmer

    Originally produced in 1997 this work is a
    re-edited/revised edition for DVD (2003)
    by the director.

    Inclusive of additional interview material with Alexander Sasha Shulgin
    writer/psychopharmacologist/biochemist

    Televised Broadcasts:
    BRAVO! Canada 2001, other broadcasters in Canada, in Finland Y2, other European channels.

    Reviews:
    http://www.disinfo.com/archive/pages/article/id2024/pg1/

    &

    http://www.filmref.com/journal/archives/2005/04/aldous_huxley_t.html

    Awards:
    Northwest Film Festival Award

    Film Festivals:
    - Official Competition -
    - International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam
    - The Vancouver International Film Fesitval
    - Award - The Best of the NorthWest Film/Video Festival
    - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal
    - The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

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  2. Festival Screenings:
    - Architectuur FilmFestival Rotterdam as part of the Netherlands Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2003
    - Melbourne International Film Festival
    - Vancouver International Film Festival
    - International Biennale Film & Architecture,
    Graz, Austria (Competition)
    - International Festival of Films on Art, Montréal
    - European Media Arts Festival, Germany

    "Combining the poetic, political and critical in a new digital form, Oliver Hockenhull deconstructs the modern through an exploration of the confines of architecture and the self.

    This erudite work of rich poetry, music and visual effects presents viewers with a broad investigation of structures around the world.

    While watching a feather fall through the vast dome of the Pantheon - confronting the mirror symmetry of the Rotunda - travelling through Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul and finally to contemplation on the steps in Kashi, City of Lights, India, viewers embark on an investigation of the structures that embody human history, human culture and human aspirations." Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam

    "Building Heaven,Remembering Earth: Confessions of a Fallen Architect" is unequivocally the best documentary work to be produced in Canada in 1999."
    Peter Wintonick, Contributing Editor, POV
    Magazine

    "... shockingly beautiful digital video essay on the philosophy of architecture." Mari Sasano, See Magazine.

    Produced with the Participation of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, and The British Columbia Arts Council. A Banff Centre Co-Production.

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  3. Festival Screenings:
    - Architectuur FilmFestival Rotterdam as part of the Netherlands Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2003
    - Melbourne International Film Festival
    - Vancouver International Film Festival
    - International Biennale Film & Architecture,
    Graz, Austria (Competition)
    - International Festival of Films on Art, Montréal
    - European Media Arts Festival, Germany

    "Combining the poetic, political and critical in a new digital form, Oliver Hockenhull deconstructs the modern through an exploration of the confines of architecture and the self.

    This erudite work of rich poetry, music and visual effects presents viewers with a broad investigation of structures around the world.

    While watching a feather fall through the vast dome of the Pantheon - confronting the mirror symmetry of the Rotunda - travelling through Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul and finally to contemplation on the steps in Kashi, City of Lights, India, viewers embark on an investigation of the structures that embody human history, human culture and human aspirations." Architectuur Film Festival Rotterdam

    "Building Heaven,Remembering Earth: Confessions of a Fallen Architect" is unequivocally the best documentary work to be produced in Canada in 1999."
    Peter Wintonick, Contributing Editor, POV
    Magazine

    "... shockingly beautiful digital video essay on the philosophy of architecture." Mari Sasano, See Magazine.

    Produced with the Participation of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, and The British Columbia Arts Council. A Banff Centre Co-Production.

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  4. "E V O is a visually daring documentary look at evolutionary theory that comes off like a university course in paleobiology as taught by Marshall McLuhan." Monday Magazine

    E V O is a feature digital essay on questions of Evolution and Consciousness and features eminent Evolutionist/Oxford Professor/Author Dr. Richard Dawkins.

    "A playful, fiercely intelligent exploration of the history and future of evolutionary theory and its impact on human society...Packed with striking concepts and intricately composed imagery, E V O, hums with energy and insight." Vancouver International Film Festival - Elan Mastai

    Produced with the Participation of: The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

    Reviews:
    - Vancouver Sun
    - Georgia Straight

    http://www.mondaymag.com/monday/archive/editorial/6_2003/features.htm

    The brainchild of Oliver Hockenhull (Aldous Huxley: The Gravity of Light), the eerie and often beautiful EVO builds from footage of renowned scholars discussing Darwin's theories and the famed Burgess Shale... If this seems a tad dry, its treatment verges on the wild: much of the material gets an impressionistic visual treatment as it segues into provocative speculations involving politics, genetics and wormholes.

    Film Festivals:
    - The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam - 2002
    - European Media Arts Festival, Germany -2003
    - The Hot Docs ! International Documentary Festival - 2003
    - The Vancouver International Film Festival - 2002
    - The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. - 2003

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