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Pause the Rising Tide

Pause the Rising Tide


Year: 2001


Medium: Film, 16mm/Digi Beta


Director, editor, producer: Alex Monteith

Sound mix, Jeffery Holdaway

With: Darren Glass & Carole Monteith

Gage:16mm, 33mins, mono optical sound

Pause the Rising Tide synopsis


Aims to subvert the traditional orders in cinematic moments referencing popular history. Fragments (Bubonic Plague, The Iron Curtain) are veiled in surrealist minimalism. Edited in lateral image shifts between geometry, colour and form; underscored with imitation Russian inter-titles. — Alex Monteith, NZIFF catalogue 2001


For the past few years we have featured Alex Monteith’s work in MIC’s Homegrown Festival programmes. She is one of New Zealand’s most prolific experimental filmmakers. Pause the Rising Tide is her most ambitious yet: a surreal collage of texture, image and sound. Threading the whole together, a Bunu˜ellian priest wanders through desert, takes the stage at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. On-screen text serves as a kind of poetic punctuation – challenging the viewer to make connections. — MIC NZIFF catalogue 2001


Pause the Rising Tide screenings


Pause the Rising Tide & animated short films, New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington, NZ 7 Sept 2007


International Surrealist Film Festival, Breton Award, festival winner, Stamford, USA, 2004


A tossing of Experimental Shorts 2002, “Pause the Rising Tide”

Curator; Minsu Yang, Art Cube Theatre, Seoul, Korea


2002 Hollywood Underground Film Festival, “Pause the Rising Tide”13 May, 8401 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, USA


Hotwired#2, curated by Phil Dadson, 19- 20 Aug 2001, SCARPA Theatre, Auckland


Belladona Short Film Festival 2002, 20-23 July, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ


Raindance Film Festival 2001, 20th Oct 2001, Metro Cinema, London


Euroshorts 3 International Festival of Creative Short Film, Nov 2001, The Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland


Alternative Film Festival 2001, 5-14 Oct, Pacciano, Italy


New Zealand International Film Festival 2001, MIC short film

Programme Homegrown, July-Aug, Auckland, Wellington,

Dunedin, Christchurch, NZ


Hybrid  Curator; Robin Stoney, George Fraser Gallery, 22 April-7 May 2001, Auckland, NZ


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