LEF is very proud to have supported Leviathan, a documentary about the fishing industry in New Bedford, MA, by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel. The film received Production and Post-Production Moving Image Fund awards, and it's been exciting to see the film progress to its confident conclusion in the hands of some of the best documentary filmmakers working in New England. Leviathan has been making a Swiss splash at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it just had its world premiere. Eric Kohn at Indiewire enthuses:
"Leviathan" resembles nothing like the existing format for nature documentaries, but it does point to a different approach to it. Generally speaking, the genre is predicated on distance between the viewer and subject. "Leviathan," on the other hand, delves into the thick of it, the camera merging with subjects living and dead, fashioning the natural world into the ultimate expressionistic accomplishment.