– Paradise; (2011); 16mm; Music: Chris Becker; TRT: 10.00
Filmed in Lisbon, Kauai and Catskill New York: challenging the viewer, as well as my own experience of loss.
NOE KIDDER studied filmmaking at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
She is inspired by Nature itself, and the mirror that art makes with it. She directs films from a sense of place and history, with much work generated in the presence of others.
Her films have been screened at such venues as Lichtblick Kino in Berlin, croxhapox Art Center in Gent, Belgium, St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, le Petit Versailles, Millenium Film Workshop and Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side. Some of her short films can be watched online at: http://noekidder.blogspot.com/
Paradise was made between 2007 and 2009 in Portugal and Hawaii. After the death of my father I wanted to explore the idea of paradise through different lenses, in terms of life after death, the tropical landscape of Hawaii, and the Muslim idea of a garden fed continually by running water, as in the gardens of the Alhambra in Spain.
I made this work in memory of my father, as a tribute to his life and also as part of my own mourning process.