Water and Power


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Water and Power

  1. Friday, April 27, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Water and Power

When he isn’t creating special effects for films like Return of the Jedi and Poltergeist, Pat O’Neill has been making thematically sophisticated, visually stunning experimental films for more than 40 years. Water and Power is arguably his greatest film, a virtuosic study of the ecological complexities of Los Angeles and its water supply. Interweaving a dynamic soundtrack, strands of proto-narrative, and dazzling images of nature and technology, O’Neill crafts a hypnotic meditation on the significance of water and land to human civilization. Water and Power was added to the National Film Registry in 2008.

(35mm presentation)