Friday, February 28, 2014

Easing Into a Dream

It feels good to begin a film about a film, especially when that film was my 'Outskirts of Infinity' first released in 2006.  It's a film about man and nature, light and dark, above ground and below ground, the portals that connect time; and the animal spirits who play with our perception the past and the present.  The Outskirts of Infinity films is about all of those things, wrapped in a dream.

This film project, 'The Spaces Between Time' will examine the elements making up the film. One of those elements was myself as the filmmaker.  Why was I there in the ghost town with my cameras?  What happened experientially during that time; and what inspired me creatively to assemble the ideas that became Outskirts? 


  Another of those elements is Sundog, a man who lived at the outskirts in the ghost town of Ruby, Arizona and experienced many things we'll never see.


What has me really excited about this project is that there will be so much to share with the viewer on how these 'elements' that make up the film came together.  What I hope will add real 'dimensionality' to the film will be how these random happenings were assembled to tell a story.  That's the mystery I need to unravel.  The photo above of Sundog was taken on February 22nd, while filming an interview with him.  I went away feeling really good.  It was the feeling that we're on our way. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gina's Territory

Gina Aroneo and I are working together to make The Spaces Between Time a reality.  As the project moves forward, Gina is making her contributions to the project more pronounced as she's starting to connect with the ideas and concepts I'm communication with her both in conversation and through seeing the actual process of making the film.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jaguar Shaman

The painting 'The Jaguar Shaman' by Arivaca Artist Peggy Kane (above), became a central element in the film as a metaphysical element linking place and time.  Meanwhile the real earthly Jaguar roamed just outside (below).  This film will go there.

The photo above is that of a Jaguar known as 'Macho B' who at the time of filming outskirts in 2005, inhabited the mountains that surrounded Ruby.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Taking a Look Back at Infinity

Digital filmmaker Bart Santello and Psychotropic Films announce the launch of a new film project: "The Spaces Between Time: an inquiry into the film - The Outskirts of Infinity"

In the span of eight years, nine versions of my film 'The Outskirts of Infinity' have been released.  Each version has revealed itself an insight into figuring the film out.  And over time, these eight previous versions represented an evolution step toward that understanding of why the film became what it is today.

With that in mind, I wanted to share where the concepts behind 'The Outskirts of Infinity' originated.  The Spaces Between Time will be a film that opens an inquiry into "Outskirts" which captured a moment in the life of the abandoned mining town of Ruby, Arizona.   The objective is to connect the present with the ghosts of the past.  At the same time, observe the film's exploration into animal spirits and portals through time.


I'm really excited to announce that educator Gina Aroneo will be writing and producing this film project.  Gina's brings a background in English Literature and extensive teaching in 'Theory of Knowledge' and 'Post Modernism'.  Her intrigue with the Outskirts of Infinity, really will help bring a high level of intellectual energy to this project.

In addition to Gina, Scott Hellon, a seasoned filmmaker with Point of View Pictures in Tucson, will be providing both creative and technical assistance to the project.  I feel Scott will help add depth to 'The Spaces In Between" in whatever way his talents in screenwriting, directing and developing film concepts, connect with the framework of this project.

Back in 2005 I was ready and excited to start a couple of film projects - Outskirts; and the other at that time in 2005 was "Strange Attractor".  I had heard of the bats that fly from the abandoned mine tunnels in Ruby and wanted to film it.  This area by the international border was my new home and I was fascinated by the history and the people that live in this remote edge of the country.
When I first went to Ruby I met the caretaker at the time: Sundog.  He was an interesting back woods craftsman who living alone at Ruby, created such a presence that it opened up an opportunity as a filmmaker to witness Sundog provide that connection between nature and people.  'The Spaces Between Time" will look our fragmented memories of the past along with how the film interplays those memories in the metaphysical realm.


Photo Above: Sundog emerges from his cabin in Ruby, Arizona in 2005 and the film "The Outskirts of Infinity" was born.  The Spaces Between Time will revisit that time and place.