Private Project

A Portrait in Water

Inspired by Joris Ivens' "Rain," "A Portrait in Water," a short, silent film, explores the visual qualities of a river in Virginia. The surface of the river becomes a second lens for the underwater camera, reflecting and rippling, becoming a mirror and then a window. By documenting the changes in the water's clarity from the river's source to points downstream, the film lets us get to know changes in the environment from underneath the water. Award Winner, Richmond Environmental Film Festival; Current Finalist for Best Experimental at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival May 2019 (BAFTA eligible film festival)

  • Alexandria Searls
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 8, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1920 x 1080
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Denver Underground Film Festival
    Denver, Colorado
    December 12, 2018
  • RVA Environmental Film Festival
    Richmond, Virginia
    United States
    February 10, 2019
    Virginia Premiere
    Virginia Film Award
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 27, 2019
    United Kingdom Premiere
Director - Alexandria Searls