SQUARE is a story of room with one window and no door. Within this space, a woman’s memory distorts reality even as it defines the present. Ordinary objects explode with significance in this fantastical dream-like film where the “real” swells to unreal proportions only to finish where it began.
This film is based on the poem “Sigur Rós doesn’t sound the same on these speakers” by Michelle Elrick. It grew out of Elrick’s international performance project, “Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space,” which launched in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2012 before traveling to Northern Scotland, Austria and Western Canada in 2013. Elrick also served as director, teaming up with cinematographer Tyler Funk (“expect something and nothing at once,” 2012), and bringing in Seth Woodyard, Matt Peters and Peter Kralik for art direction, sound design and set design respectively. SQUARE exposes the complicity of memory in generating one’s sense of place using sometimes sombre, sometimes playful distortions of environment to demonstrate the effect of memory on perception. Elrick has written extensively on this topic at notesfromthefort.com and in her upcoming book then/again.
SQUARE will debut on CBC television’s “Canadian Reflections” program in the 2015/2016 season, date tba.