Building a Wall Subject Of Unusual Doc Film
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.
Bill Stone, first-time filmmaker, admits this is what he was doing, standing in awe
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
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