Waiting for Spring; Persephone and the Pomegranate

Waiting for Spring is an eco-fiction film that looks at the environmental impact of climate change. Set in the near future where the food economy has collapsed due the devastating effects of wild fires on local croplands, we meet Persephone living alone in an abandoned fruit orchard warehouse. She survives by scavenging for pomegranates and making her clothing out of the peels. This film celebrates one person’s ingenuity and adaptability in a desolate dystopian word. It is the first in an ongoing trilogy, which in turn examines desertification and floods.

Waiting for Spring was conceived and directed by environmental artist Nicole Dextras, who is known for creating garments out of living plant materials. Dextras dresses her lead character in a a jacket made from Pomegranate peels, a skirt woven with Dates and boots fashioned out of Fruit Leather. The production design plays off of the conventional sci-fi genre with an earthy Steampunk look, where chairs are covered in moss and respirator masks are filled with herbs.

The story-line abstractly refers to the goddess Persephone, who returns once a year to inaugurate the spring and who is detained in Hades because she ate pomegranate seeds. Our character eats the pomegranate not as a punishment as in the Greek myth but instead for it's healing properties to help her survive and re-integrate into the world.

  • Nicole Dextras
  • Nita Bowerman
    Key Cast
  • Alexander Farah
  • Keith Murray
  • Riley McMaster
    Camera Operator
    The Moistening,
  • Velcrow Ripper
    Camera Operator
    Metamorphosis, Scared Sacred, Occupy Love
  • Paolo Pennuti
    Camera Operator
  • Nicole Dextras
    Art Direction
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    art, fashion, environment
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Winterruption Festival 2017
    February 19, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Meet and greet. Artist Talk and costume display
  • Vancouver Internaltional Women's Film Festival
    March 6, 2018
    panel talk
  • Blow-Up Arthouse Film Festival, Chicago
    United States
    November 12, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Twisted Oyster Film & New Media Art Festival 2019
    May 9, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 23, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    June 26, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Europe and Asia. Whether it is recording the melting of a word made of ice or an actor wearing an elaborate costume made out of fruit peels, her films reflect on our symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Dextras is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art in Vancouver, Canada, where she was a sessional teacher from 2003 to 2013. Her extensive background in photography and theatre design has influenced her highly detailed fictional characters and settings. Filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Peter Greenaway, Julie Taymor, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and Mathew Barney have influenced Dextras’ highly visual style.

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Director Statement

I set my work in the future as an alternative to the reductive post-apocalyptic fictions depicted in Hollywood films. My scenarios envision the determination to rebuild and they embody the resilience and empathy repeatedly demonstrated in numerous tragedies. Therefore, the survivors in this new world are not the scantily clad, heavily armed warriors portrayed in video games. They are more akin to the makers and hackers who already exist at the margins of society today.
I position my A Dressing the Future series as forging new ground firstly in the filmic world of science fiction and secondly in the discipline of environmental art. It broadly fits into the science-fiction genre and it has traces of sub-genres such as Slipstream though it is more akin to Eco-fiction. This last category is currently a literary genre that has not crossed over into film per se. My ultimate aim is to create short films that stands on their own but which can also be incorporated into my upcoming installations in art galleries in order to foster community dialogue around the issue of climate change.