Of This Place and Elsewhere
The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler
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$29.95 Paper, 250 pp.
A key figure in the Toronto New Wave of the 1980s, Peter Mettler is one of the most intriguing and audacious filmmakers in English Canada. He is known as a director, a cinematographer, and editor who has worked with many major English-Canadian filmmakers and adapted for the screen the play Tectonic Plates by the renowned QuÃ©bÃ©cois filmmaker and theatre director Robert Lepage. His own films bridge the gaps between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. Mettler is also a pioneer in multimedia work, having produced groundbreaking and legendary live visual mixing performances, a field in which he has acquired a leading international reputation.
Jerry White’s monograph on Mettler’s work includes discussion of all of his major films, among them chapters devoted to Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD. It places Mettler in a Canadian context but also deals with his identity as a Swiss artist and his place in an emerging global cinema. The book also includes a selection of Mettler’s photographic work.
Published by the Toronto International Film Festival and distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.
Jerry White is a professor of film studies at the University of Alberta and a member of the education staff of the Telluride Film Festival. He is co-editor (with William Beard) of North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema since 1980 and editor of The Cinema of Canada.
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