Maureen Bradley

2006, 01:30 minutes


Sisyphus is a silent 16mm film shot on a Bolex exploring a journey that never ends. I made this film at renowned experimental filmmaker Phil Hoffman’s Film Farm workshop in Mount Forrest, Ontario. Originally, I wanted to create a simple statement about overcoming depression. The ultra short narrative in Sisyphus uses heartbreak as a metaphor for depression, since depression is just that — being heartbroken about life. The creative process and the practice of handmaking films speaks to treating life as a work in progress, thereby positively embracing the permanence of Sisyphus in my life. The lush, organic imagery was created by hand-processing 16mm black and white reversal stock in a bucket and hand-tinting and toning individual pieces of film.

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