Country: Brazil, UK
Direction: Ben Rivers
Photograph: Ben Rivers
Editor: Ben Rivers
A film of a sloth, using three-colour separation to show sloth time. A sloth crawls up a branch at its own leisure and takes a nap, hanging on its head and with its long claws firmly planted in the rough bark. Time is suspended as each breath, every movement becomes a theatrical drama unfolding before our eyes.
Ben Rivers studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. After his degree he taught himself 16mm filmmaking. His practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. In 1996 he co-founded Brighton Cinematheque which he then co-programmed through to its demise in 2006.