Ashes and Snow, a film by Gregory Colbert, uses both still and movie cameras to explore extraordinary interactions between humans and animals. The 60-minute feature is a poetic narrative rather than a documentary. It aims to lift the natural and artificial barriers between humans and other species, dissolving the distance that exists between them. —IMDb
Gregory Colbert (born 1960 in Toronto) is a Canadian film-maker and photographer best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum.
Colbert’s first exhibition, Timewaves, opened in 1992 at the Museum of Elysée in Switzerland to wide critical acclaim. For the next ten years, Colbert did not publicly exhibit his art or show any films. Instead, he traveled to such places as India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Dominica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tonga, Namibia, and Antarctica to film and photograph interactions between human beings and animals. Since 1992, he has launched more than sixty such expeditions, and has collaborated with over 130 species. Elephants, whales, manatees, sacred ibis, Antigone cranes, royal eagles, Gyr falcons, rhinoceros hornbills, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, caracals, baboons, eland, meerkats, gibbons, orangutans, and saltwater crocodiles are among the animals he has filmed and photographed… read more
An incredible experience in the darkness and quiet of 5:00am. Stunning visuals.
A wondrous exploration of the barest and most humane feelings. Cinema as poetry - pure, inventive and at its most sincere. An utterly compelling audio-visual experience that will remain in both mind and soul - it touches, it changes and it flourishes alongside and in you. A work of art that inspires hope in life and in the future of cinema as a means of grasping universal emotions and reaching the human soul.
From the first shot, one is totally drawn into a world that feels familiar yet displaced from time and space. Exclusively shot in earthly tones with an excessive use of slow-mo and eerie music, it's hard to keep one's jaw up. Highly stylized interaction with animals makes for some hysterically gorgeous Kodak-moments. The only drawback to me is the pretentious and intrusive narration done with L.Fishburne. A must-see!