2017 | 15 minutes | 4K | silent
An intimate portrait of a bay window recorded over the course of a year. Gradual shifts in the interior and exterior environments mark the passing of the seasons, a slow dance of objects and light juxtaposed by the rapid speeds of bodies and the urban landscape, revealing the processes inherent in all things.
"Intimate and elegant, Dan Browne's Palmerston Blvd. depicts the world within and outside a bay window, captured over the course of a year, where seasons sweep by with the speed of a day or a setting sun." — Andréa Picard
"Simple in concept but flawless in execution, Palmerston Blvd. is the story of a single year in the life of a family apartment, presented as a 14-minute temporal condensation. Although Browne is committed to an experimental vision, the power of this film derives from his classical approach. Much of Palmerston is framed in a wide angle that absorbs the main picture window and dining area, offered up like a proscenium. It’s here that we can discern the changes that define Browne’s family life—the eventual absence of some, the signs of new presences, and of course the shifting of the seasons. Smaller details are also brought to the fore, mostly to display their specific play with the sunlight or their refractive character. Like a living Alice Neel canvas, the film gives us flowers in mason jars and changing leaves out the window on the corner. Palmerston Blvd. is a dynamic film, in large part because it maintains a tension between the pictorial and the narrative. It’s the story of a space, and like all spaces, it comes to an end." — Michael Sicinski
"A simply stunning work of audiovisual and temporal exploration, a journey in time and light, space, day and night. Shadows dance across the screen in both smooth and jagged movements through static, nostalgic environments—the catalyst for a chopped up and fragmentary dreamscape of memory, sitting adjacent, in the portal of parallels, just on the other side of reality. Remarkable." — Eli Hayes
* Wavelengths #4: "As Above, So Below," Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada. September 11, 2017.
* Nouveau Alchemistes #5, Festival du nouveau cinema, Montréal, QC, Canada. October 8 & 10, 2017.
* Antimatter [Media Art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada. October 13-28, 2017.
* Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image, Johnson City, NY, USA. October 20-21, 2017.
* L'Age D'Or Festival, Brussels, Belgium. October 22, 2017.
* "Space is Lit," Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX, USA. November 9-13, 2017.
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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre - cfmdc.org/film/4446
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