Light Study

Light Study is a poetic examination of the wetlands, forests, and ecosystems of the Niagara Escarpment, from the tip of the Bruce Peninsula to Niagara Falls. Filmed over a three year period, it explores the unique landscape of the Bruce Trail using 16mm single frame photography. Here, nature presides over an ephemeral human element, its primordial essence both medium and agent of light's eternal change. Soundtrack composed by Graham Stewart of Viosac, the experimental music collective.

  • Josephine Massarella
    Night Stream; Green Dream; Interference; No.5 Reversal; One Woman Waiting
  • Josephine Massarella
    Night Stream; Green Dream; Interference; No.5 Reversal; One Woman Waiting
  • Josephine Massarella
    Night Stream; Green Dream; Interference; No.5 Reversal; One Woman Waiting
  • Margherita Jordan; Felix Werth
    Key Cast
  • Boyd Bonitzke; Josephine Massarella
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm film
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Gurgaon International Film and Literature Festival
    Gurgaon, Harayana, India
    December 4, 2015
  • Gila Time-Lapse Film Festival
    Silver City, New Mexico
    September 24, 2015
    New Mexico premiere
  • Haverhill Experimental Film Festival
    Haverhill, Massachusetts
    September 19, 2015
    Massachusetts premiere
  • Summer Slam Film Festival
    Freeport, Texas
    September 24, 2015
    Texas premiere
    Best Documentary Short
  • mgm experimental film festival
    Medford, Massachusetts
    September 19, 2015
  • Nez International Film Festival
    Kolkata, India
    September 26, 2015
    Best Experimental Short Critics Award
  • Trenton Film Festival
    Trenton, New Jersey
    June 11, 2015
    New Jersey premiere
  • Maine International Film Festival
    Waterville, Maine
    July 17, 2015
    Maine premiere
  • Mykonos Biennale
    Mykono, Greee
    July 2, 2015
    Greek premiere
  • Interrobang Film Festival
    Des Moines, Iowa
    June 28, 2015
    Iowa premiere
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • Byron Bay Film Festival
    Byron Bay, Australia
    March 12, 2015
    Australian premiere
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
    Vancouver, Washington
    August 3, 2014
  • San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
    San Francisco
    July 19, 2014
  • Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
    Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest
    October 18, 2014
    Malaysian premiere
  • 3rd Delhi Shorts International Film Festival
    Delhi, India
    November 8, 2014
    Special Mention
  • IMA International Film Festival, India
    Thrissur, Kerala India
    December 9, 2014
  • Muskoka Independent Film Festival
    Rosseau, Ontario
    August 28, 2014
    Valle D'Itria, Italy
    September 20, 2014
    Italian premiere
    Best Animation, North America
  • LIFT Round-Up
    January 12, 2014
  • Hamilton Film Festival
    Hamilton, Ontario
    November 7, 2013
    world premiere
  • Thin Line Film Festival
    Denton, Texas
    February 18, 2016
  • KinoFilm Manchester
    Manchester, UK
    February 25, 2016
    UK premiere
  • Earth Day Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    April 21, 2016
  • Ozark Shorts
    Lamar (Missouri)
    United States
  • Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival
    June 4, 2016
    November 12, 2016
  • TASMANIAN Eco Film Festival
  • Green Screen Environmental Film Festival
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    November 17, 2016
  • Global International Silent Film Festival
    East Lansing, Michigan
    United States
    April 7, 2017
  • Unexposed Microcinema
    Durham, NC
    United States
    December 18, 2016
  • 150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival
    April 7, 2017

    September 4, 2016
  • Voices from the Waters 2017 International Travelling Film Festival on Water
    November 24, 2017
    Karnataka region premiere
Distribution Information
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Theatrical
  • Canyon Cinema
    Country: United States
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Josephine Massarella

Josephine Massarella is an independent filmmaker based in Hamilton, Ontario. Her award winning 16mm films have screened at festivals world-wide. Her production experience includes ranges from editing and cinematography, to writing and directing. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Film and Television from Sheridan College, and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Athabasca University. Josephine also teaches cinema studies.

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