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Texada
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Texada

Josephine Anderson, Claire Sanford
Canada
2023
17 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

“Some days go very fast, and some weeks go very slow,” says a worker in the quarries of the Canadian island of Texada. The human experience of time is relative, but it is nothing compared to the timescale of the limestone being excavated. This stone carries history —not just of humanity, but of the earth itself. And we dig it up, crush it, and use it to make things like toothpaste.

The virtual reality documentary Texada contrasts these two experiences of time: the human and the geological. The images alternate between shots of the island and more abstract animations. Meanwhile, island residents talk in voice-over about their lives, and someone else tries to impress upon us the incomprehensible immensity of time and the insignificant role of humanity within it: “We’re just a little twig on the great big tree of life, out there on a limb somewhere.”

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Credits
17 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
Production
    Dana Dansereau for National Film Board of Canada,
    Nicholas Klassen for National Film Board of Canada
    Dana Dansereau for National Film Board of Canada,
    Nicholas Klassen for National Film Board of Canada
Executive producer
    Robert McLaughlin
    Robert McLaughlin
Cinematography
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
Animation
    Will Phillips
    Will Phillips
Designer
    Charm Games
    Charm Games
Editing
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
    Josephine Anderson,
    Claire Sanford
Sound Design
    Hanna Matahri
    Hanna Matahri
Music
    Elori Saxl
    Elori Saxl
Screening copy
    Elise Labbe for National Film Board of Canada
    Elise Labbe for National Film Board of Canada
World Sales
    Nathalie Bourdon for National Film Board of Canada
    Nathalie Bourdon for National Film Board of Canada

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