Director MATHIEU LE LAY (France 2021) 53 min
With endless patience and tracking skills acquired over years, French wildlife photographer Jérémie Villet embarks on the difficult journey of photographing mountain goats in Canada’s Yukon, an area not known for mountain goats but certainly known for bitterly cold temperatures in snowcapped conditions. Fighting frostbite, frozen camera buttons, and various torments from the elements, Villet searches diligently for his subject in order to capture the perfect shot: a white animal against a white background, with color gradations so subtle it looks as if animal and environment have merged. Director Mathieu Le Lay, enduring the same conditions as Villet, follows his subject with a similar energy, weathering blizzards and slopes so steep they’re nearly impossible to traverse. At times the film archives a dreamlike quality, with falling snow shimmering against night skies and luminous but bitterly cold mornings. A White Dream documents the toll perfection takes and the beauty that results.
In French with English subtitles
SUNDAY, MAY 14 • 2:15
MATHIEU LE LAY is a film director, director of photography, cinematographer, author, editor, and producer based in the French Alps. His films tell genuine stories of the interaction between humans and nature, inspiring people to connect with our natural world.
|RUNNING TIME:||86 min|
|LANGUAGE:||French with English subtitles|
|DIRECTOR:||Mathieu Le Lay|
|WRITERS||Matthieu Le Lay, Aurélie Saillard, Jérémie Villet|
|EDITOR:||Mathieu Le Lay|
|NOTE WRITER:||David Reidel|
Directors SARAH MCNAIR-LANDRY, ERIK BOOMER (Canada 2023) 12 min
Traveling throughout the remote landscape of Baffin Island with its stunning cliffs and whitewater rivers, Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry take you on an Arctic adventure you won’t soon forget.
ERIK BOOMER specializes in adventure photography and film in the most hostile environments, from Tajikistan to Antarctica to the Canadian Arctic.
As well as being a director and producer of documentaries, SARAH MCNAIR-LANDRY is the first woman to be recognized by the International Polar Guides Association as Master Polar Guide, and the youngest person to travel to both the North and South Pole.