2008, 08:00 minutes, colour, English
Mount Shasta plays with conventions of text / image relations, the fallability of narrative drive, the mismatch between the written word and its performative visualization. Husain's story is about a mountain trip waylaid by a fog which turns out to be the smoke from a destructive fire. In a sense, this could be a way of understanding Mount Shasta as a film. The elements that envelop this gorgeous film in mystery (is this avant-garde? a narrative short? a children's film?) are also the ones that threaten to unmake it at every turn, since "the spell" is always already about our ability to turn away from its blatant disenchantment. - Michael Sicinski THE ACADEMIC HACK
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