Analysis Of The Film 'Gibber Eidolon'

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Greetings from the Abyss. The name's Charles Chadwick, and for the last 7 years I have poured thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of labor into my film Gibber Eidolon. The film is shot entirely on black and white Super8 film, and uses a myriad of techniques. From hand painted film, to video generation loss, to hand processing, to found footage and traditionally shot sequences.

The title of the film roughly translates to "Babbling Ghost." Babbling from fear or shock. The Gibber Eidolon is a being that is not quite there because it is suffused with terror. Its perspective is of diffused chaos.

Concretely, the film is a tour of various San Francisco Bay Area graveyards; almost all of them have residents going back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Also, the film contains live footage of historic computer technology, both operational and not. Found footage/archival footage in this same vein is used as well, in addition to appropriated visual material whose subject matter differs...used mainly for metaphoric illustration. The work contains footage shot over the last 15 years, as well as found footage acquired over a period of roughly 13 years.

This movie is first and foremost diaristic. It contains my life: the places I've been and the way I've responded to them, and the ideas I've had along the way. It is a work of spirit.

The film also is a collaboration between myself and my dear friend Matthew Bambas, who I've been working with both on films and music for nearly

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