SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
EADWEARD is the perfect movie to play both at a film festival and an art museum.
It recounts the endeavors of the real-life Eadweard Muybridge, whose 19th-century photographic methods would serve as a template for what became movies. It is also a visually captivating film, beautifully shot by cinematographer Tony Mirza.
Muybridge, played by Michael Eklund, is an obsessive observer of motion: horses galloping, humans jumping. In the 1880s, he took more than 100,000 photographs as part of a study for the University of Pennsylvania. His retinue included his much younger wife, Flora (Sara Canning), officious interns and nude models who would demonstrate disrobing, broom-sweeping, bucket-pouring and wrestling before a row of 24 cameras.
Pornography? “No,” says Muybridge. “This is science. This is Life.”
Muybridge was a mad genius of sorts. With his laser focus and dogged determination, he could be a cousin of Daniel Plainview in “There Will be Blood.” He also takes a turn down a dark road when he suspects his wife of cheating on him.
First-time feature director Kyle Rideout, who co-wrote the screenplay with Josh Epstein, has a marvelous touch when it comes to embracing Muybridge’s photographic passions. Lenses are aligned, awaiting the perfect tint of natural light. On cue, the subjects swirl, twirl, skip and dance. They are becoming immortalized in the synchronized steps of the first ‘motion pictures’,” ….. written by Cleveland Museum of Art
Writers: Josh Epstein, Kyle Rideout,
Director: Kyle Rideout
Running Time: 104 minutes
Distributor: Motion 58 Entertainment or Telefilm Canada
Rating: PG | Contains non-erotic nudity
Stars: Michael Eklund, Sara Canning, Christopher Heyerda
FESTIVALS: Germany: Berlin International Film Festival, Munich International Film Festival; UK: Edinburgh International Film Festival; USA: Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, Cleveland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival
AWARDS: British Colombia Leo Awards: Best Supporting Performance by a Male, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up, Best Hairstyling; Maui Film Festival: Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Independent, Best Feature Cinematography; Nashville Film Festival: Audience Choice Award Best Feature; Southwest Airlines Audience Award Narrative Competition.
“Kyle Rideout’s Eadweard is a painstakingly beautiful portrait of Eadweard Muybridge (Michael Eklund); an early pioneer of photography and inadvertent grandfather of cinema. Fittingly, Tony Mirza’s cinematography is exquisite and precise from the first frame to the last, but the film flies the flag for impeccable craft on all fronts: immaculately styled, inventively staged and carefully edited … “Stage Buddy