Interview with Filmmaker Lindsay Gilmour (WEIGHT OF THE MOON)

WEIGHT OF THE MOON played to rave reviews at the July 2021 EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I was inspired to explore the reciprocal relationship between body and ocean through the Discipline of Authentic Movement.

I invited sensing instead of making sense, encouraging direct experience with the natural world without conceptualizing. I wanted the camera and dancer to be in dialogue with the ocean and non-human animals and for the sand, seaweed, and sagebrush to cease to be inert objects of perception with dancer at the center, but rather animate entities with which the dancer and the camera are in conversation. There are many ways to engage, disrupt, shift and heal our communities, selves, and environment. This film is a quiet revolution of deep presence encouraging listening and conversation where we experience ourselves not as the center, but as a thread in a larger fabric of being.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make your movie?

Three months

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Direct Experience

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

People of the beach

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Very moving to hear the reactions to the film!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

When I connected with the photographer/editor of the film Nathan Whitmont!

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