Time Being

Time Being

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88 minutes


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Does time exist or is it just a human idea that happens to permeates every aspect of our consciousness. If it does exist, what does it look like? Time Being is a thoughtful and moving meditation on the concept of time.

Created from 88 one-minute shots or sequences, it investigates the wonderfully paradoxical nature of time. Visually striking and engagingly written, Time Being sees the clock ticking in the movement of everyday things. Chris Gallagher skillfully merges several genres of cinema, including documentary, structural, poetic, narrative and personal, to create a statement on the human condition that is complex, coherent and intellectually stimulating. The director has written a discussion guide that will enhance the use of this film beyond film studies for courses in philosophy and astronomy.

"The most brilliant film on its subject I've ever seen, Time Being is cool and non-academic, yet deeply engaged and beautifully shot. An educational film in the best sense."

- Tony Reif, Vancouver International Film Festival


"Our efforts to gauge and measure time's physical properties reveal the limits of science and the reaches of creativity."

- Tom Charity, Vancouver International Film Centre


"Humans have an innate, intuitive understanding of time acquired through experience, yet when one has to explain what time is, one is tangled in paradox and contradiction. Gallagher's visually striking and engagingly written film tries to see the clock ticking in the movement of everyday things. Constructed of 88 short, arresting films each exactly the same length, TIME BEING subjectivity determines our perception of the duration of its parts. The structure of the film subverts conventional cinematic temporal expectations and gives rise to the perception of a continuous present tense."

-36th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland Oregon


Filmmaker's website: www.foxglovefilms.com

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