January 11, 2017 · The Pilot Light · 7:30 p.m.
This experimental documentary digs through the layers of an anonymous urban landfill as the sun sets. Drawing on both sensory ethnography and the landscape film, it finds jets of flame in a bucolic landscape teeming with swarming birds. Its penultimate images of mechanical labor dissolve in an ecological fever dream, with evidence of the human hand both in the constructed ground and the ambivalent future.
About the Filmmaker
William Randall works as an artist and filmmaker in the places where landscape borders unease. He grew up farming tobacco in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky before moving to Japan, where he still occasionally worked on farms. His film work draws on documentary and ethnographic traditions while refiguring the landscape for a world in which life increasingly unfolds in and through screens. He studied landscape architecture before turning to art and now lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA where he teaches digital art. Methane Ghosts is his first theatrical film.