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Building a Wall Subject Of Unusual Doc Film

Ralph Franklin Posted by Ralph Franklin in Features May 8th, 2013

Editors Note:
When the PR and trailer came in from First Run Features I found it quite interesting and contacted the guys who shot and edited it the film. Having been in similar circumstances at one time I felt it would be on interest to many other filmmakers. Thanks to FRF
for the PR and trailer.

 

 

Amateur stonemason C. Overing and filmmaker B. Stone arrive at an
impasse, what to do?

As hilarious as it is meditative, the Triumph of the Wall film begins as a chronicle about the construction of a 1,000-foot dry-stone wall by a novice stonemason in rural Quebec. The stonemason, Chris Overing, sets out to complete the wall within eight weeks; filmmaker Bill Stone plans to film Chris as a straightforward story, telling of this laborious yet creative task. But when Overing realizes he has woefully underestimated the time and energy required to construct the wall, both projects—the wall and the film—evolve into something altogether different.


Triumph of the Wall is a film about expectations: a story of two artists who inadvertently link their creative forces in a relationship that is at once co-dependent, antagonistic and profoundly rewarding. As they embark on an eight-week journey that turns into eight years, the film becomes a reminder that sometimes art (and life) is as much about the process as it is about the finished product.

 
Amateur stonemason
Chris Overing
The character Chris Overing— stonemason, 
artist, philosopher, savant—is impossible to pigeon hole. A a true renaissance man for the current generation. Yet he’s so absolutely interested in so many things that it often seems impossible to keep up with his mind. Described in the film as a Mental Explosion, Chris is currently finishing his wall, nurturing a budding vineyard and apple cider orchard, farming bees for honey and all the while training for his pilot’s license. What else can we do but stand in awe.
 
Bill Stone, first-time filmmaker, admits this is what he was doing, standing in awe
Filmmaker/script writer,
Bill Stone
and frustration. Realizing that the wall might never be finished (not to mention his film), Bill looked at his footage with a new eye and realized that he in fact was capturing something else entirely: a treatise on the X and Y Generations, wallowing in endless diversions and opportunities, unsure of the fate of their world, often living at home, bereft of any expectation other than to search, post, tweet, follow, share and consume on a never-ending 24-hour cycle.


 
Triumph of the Wall might thus be the manifesto of the X and Y Generations: the right, or plight, of having the broadest freedom to choose one's life direction. No
Editor, Carl Freed
generation in history has ever been so free to uniquely define themselves and follow their “passions." Yet many find themselves in paralysis, having to come to terms with what can seem like an overwhelming obligation to fulfill self-created goals.
 
Production Notes: This film was shot over eight years, starting with a one- chip loaner DV camera, oddly enough on September 11, 2001. in the second year it was shot on a Sony PD 150 and then it was a Panasonic DVX 100 and the an HVX 200 P2 camera. As you might imagine the picture in post production was a bit of a nightmare. Luckily, Bill Stone, the director and DP, has a beautiful eye, so the 
Producer, Frederic Bohbot

old adage that it's not the camera but the shooter who makes your film was true in this case. 

The New York Press Screening is Friday May 10th at 11 am at the Quad Cinema. Running time 102 minutes

 

 

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