Peter Mettler

, May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Peter Mettler


Emerging as part of the critical wave of 80’s Canadian filmmakers, Peter Mettler melds intuitive-associative processes with drama, essay, experiment or documentation with films that elude categorization. His films hold a unique and influential position in creative expression not only in film but also in new art forms where cinema and other disciplines merge.

Additional artistic activities include a wide range of ongoing engagements in music, dance and photography. Over the years Mettler has presented photographic gallery exhibitions in Europe and Canada. More recently he has been experimenting with live sound and image mixing performances with a diversity of musical artists in an extremity of locales ranging from radio theatres to dance clubs and wilderness locations.

Based both in Switzerland and Canada, Mettler is a strong supporter of independent creativity, having collaborated with numerous filmmakers, artists and musicians such as Werner Penzel, Michael Ondaatje, Atom Egoyan, Peter Weber, Fred Frith, Jim O’Rourke, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Robert Lepage, Andreas Züst, Bruce McDonald, Patricia Rozema, Andrea Nann, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and many others.

A book on his work entitled Making the Invisible Visible was published in 1995 and another entitled, Of This Place and Elsewhere, The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler‚ by Jerry White was published in 2006 as a retrospective film and photography edition by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Mettler’s films have garnered many prizes and been the focus of several retrospectives internationally.

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