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Everywhere at Once

2010  |  HD Video & 35mm film  |  bw / color  |  sound  |  73 min
Holly Fisher & Peter Lindbergh
Studio Peter Lindbergh
Holly Fisher
Lois V Vierk (composer)

Still Photographs: Peter Lindbergh
Narrator: Jeanne Moreau
Photo Animation: Berle Cherney
Text: Kimiko Hahn
Project has English and French versions in HD video and 35mm film blowup, each narrated by Jeanne Moreau. Moreau herself did the final French translation.

The script for this film was written for actress Jeanne Moreau by Jean Genet, with input by Margarite Duras.  Release of Everywhere at Once is held up by the Jean Genet estate who holds usage rights to the film clips from Madmoiselle used within the film. Fisher has legal rights to screen the film as part of her ouvre, including schools, universities, festivals, galleries, and museums. It will not be screened theatrically until this issue is resolved.  Address letters to Peter Lindbergh, Paris, France, to urge resolution to this matter.

Photographs by Peter Lindbergh. Film clips from feature film Mademoiselle (Dir. Tony Richardson, 1967). Additional film clips from Diary of a Chambermaid (Dir. Luis Buñuel, 1964), Moderato Cantabile (Dir. Peter Brook, 1960), and Jules et Jim (Dir. François Truffaut, 1962).

…Fisher is a sorceress of the palimpsest, that space that is comprised of many spaces, many feelings, many journeys, many voices, many dislocations.

– Patty Zimmerman, FLEFF - OPEN SPACES (blog)

Invited Guest, Athens International Film and Video Festival (2013)

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, South Hadley, MA (2013)
International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal, Canada (2010)
Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX (2009)
Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY (World Premier, 2008)
Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France (Avant-première, 2007)

“In Everywhere at Once renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh and experimental filmmaker Holly Fisher collaborate to weave together a tapestry of images, incorporating Lindbergh’s still pictures with clips from the Tony Richardson film Mademoiselle (1966), starring Jeanne Moreau. The photographs are animated through a re-filming process to create a flow of moving images that are intercut with passages from the movie. Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau, using a text by American poet Kimiko Hahn, narrates the diary-like fragments of memories and recollections in the first person. The haunting music by Lois V Vierk accentuates the fleeting quality of these fragments of dreams and memories. As with Fisher’s other experimental feature films, Everywhere at Once exists on the dividing line between fiction and documentary. Rather than offering a linear narrative, threads of the story move forward and are interrupted, bending back upon themselves in space and time, resolving into a series of subjective associations. The film might be read as a biography of Moreau’s own life, as a fictional discourse on the protagonist’s emerging sense of selfhood, or as a humanist meditation about childhood, youth, and old age. Whatever the viewer’s interpretation may be, the film functions most deeply on the level of an intensely subjective rumination on perception. This positions Everywhere at Once squarely in the tradition of such avant-garde French New Wave classics as Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and La Jetée (1962).”

– Jon Gartenberg, programmer for Tribeca Film Festival, president of Gartenberg Media Enterprises