David Lebrun's PROTEUS Tonight @ CINEFAMILY
Man's dream of uniting nature and art forms the subject of Proteus, the first feature from avant-garde filmmaker David Lebrun. Proteus is a one-of-a-kind investigation into 19th-century artist/biologist Ernst Haeckel, whose major work "Art Forms in Nature" synthesized his two disparate passions by presenting gorgeous hand-drawn lithographs of 4,000 species, all of which were previously unidentified single-celled sea creatures called radiolarian. Lebrun, who reportedly spent two decades making the film, found the ideal way to convey Haeckel's unique images: by taking the actual drawings and animating them in ways that make the splendiferous orbs and tentacles dance in carefully choreographed arrays. In the end, Lebrun makes us contemplate the majestic vastness of the natural universe and its complex artistic perfection in ways that only Haeckel could have imagined.
Proteus Dir. David Lebrun, 35mm, 2004, 60 min.
The Hellstrom Chronicle Dirs. Ed Spiegel & Walon Green, 1971, 35mm, 90 min.