Accidental Tourists


a film directed by  Karl Frostjote-eyes-closed

director of photography: John Zibell

dancers: W.Scott Davis, Kevin Dockery, Jordan Stout, Jote Mahern, Nicole Casado, Hailey McCloskey, Karl Frost, Andy Lundberg

a non-narrative document of somatic explorations in nature during an accidental road trip.

a video collage of movement meditations in nature intended, both through content and process, to evoke the potential opening up of the senses that can occur with time in nature.

a postdramatic film, Accidental Tourists follows simple rules of filming and editing intended to minimize manipulation and create space for audience agency in experience of the images of people exploring relationship to place..

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We set out to do a film, Rainforest, exploring movement in nature and the potential psychological shifts that can happen in prolonged time in places less marked by people. We planned to follow a set of filming rules geared toward simplicity and transparency, similar to Dogma films. (Follow the film link for the philosophy and strategy of the film.) The film was to be set in and around the area of Kitimat in north coastal British Columbia, the home territory of the Haisla people and the proposed end point for the Enbridge Northern Gate Oil Pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands. This pipeline and the Alberta Tar Sands project itself are one of the biggest environmental disasters-in-the-making on the planet.

We encountered multiple logistical problems to make the project happen, but got it all together. Then, we got to the Canadian border and were turned back.

jordan-waves-1With two weeks on our hands, video equipment and an original artistic inspiration, yet deflected from our target, we took a 2 week road trip around the western US, filming in different nature areas.  We took in Mt Baker (WA), Oregon Dunes (OR) Moonstone beach, Prairie Creek, and the South Fork Yuba River (CA)

Accidental Tourists is the result, a non-narrative collage of images of somatic-psychological explorations in nature in the midst of an unintended road trip.

For information on the film rules and philosophy of the film experiment, click here or the link to Film Rules

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 a short trailer for the film

A 50 minute version of the film on Vimeo

Accidental Tourists (2012) from Karl Frost on Vimeo.

This project (as well as the follow up filming in BC) was funded in part through a Kickstarter campaign.   I would like to thank everyone who gave…

aaron swartzman, aiko kinoshita, Alex Liverman, Alison Frost, Amanda Greenlee, Amber, Andy Lundberg, anita bondi, Anna Fenemore, Anna Kraulis, Anson Smith, Ayrlie, Barbara Wansowski, Benoit Martin, Brenda, Brianna Johnson, Carolyn Brown, Charlie Llewellin, Chevalisa, Chris Wright, Christine Elsey, Christine Germain & Dancers, claudia, cody strauss, Cylla von Tiedemann, Dana Bader, Daniel D Burkholder, DanielAri, Dav Clark, David Jacob, David Russell, David tiriakian, Dharam Kaur Khalsa, Diane, Eileen, Elanne Kresser, Ellen Agger, elyse shafarman, Erica Hagen, Erminia, Eva Vander Giessen, Ginger Wagg, greg sax, Heather René, Ian! D. Allen, J. Akiyama, Jai Gopal Kaur (Wendy DeMos), Jamuna Senez, Jay Ruby, jen, Jennifer Tidwell, Jens Stevens, Jeremy Winans, jessica womack, jillian crocker, Joe Dumit, John Carnahan, John Caron, Julia Montepagani, Julieta, Katherine MacLean, Kathleen Sun, Kelli Donahue List, Kevin Welch, Laura Farb, Laura Inserra, Leah Siepel, Leslie Castellano, Linda Reinered, Liz Faller, Lynn Murphy, Maki Yamamoto, Martin Tremblay, Matt McNeil, Megan Nicely, michelle (deleted), Natalie, Neil Pinnock, Opal Lechmanski, Patrick Oliver, Paul Wexler, Philippe Lewis, Prema Kelley, Rob Bamboo Lowell, Robert levin, Roel, S Vergara, Sanford Lewis, Santiago Mayo, Sarah Forsman, Scott Max Hill, sean, Shakti Andrea Smith, Sheila Skemp, siri peterson, Steve Fick, sue dunlap, sue stuart, Tanya Bullwinkle, Teri Carter, The Small Dinosaurs, Timon Schroeter, tricia gourley, trina, Vince Mazzi, Zann Erick


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