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Lost Sock Collection

Loss takes so many forms when it collides with time.

Lost Sock Collection is an experimental poetry film: a multi-sensory experience steeped in loss on every level and told through the lens of time.

The layers of sounds in the piece are collected from far-flung locales around the world: bumblebees in middle America, waves crashing in Montenegro, a girl splashing in a shallow pool, hiking in Transylvania, the Prague Symphony warming up, a needle dropping on my father's favorite record. The highlight of the background audio—and from where the piece derives its name—is from a live performance art piece performed in Malaysia entitled, Lost Sock.

Wide-reaching filming locations include the verdant Carpathian Mountains from Balan to Brasov in Romania, the seas of Montenegro, and Thailand, the hills of central Italy, art in Paris, biking in the Netherlands, the Utah valley, and forests sprung from ancient riverbeds in America's heartland.

  • Eliot Michl
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Manchester International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    March 10, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Filmmaker and poet Eliot Michl's work utilizes a found-footage approach and explores temporalities, ideas of home and womanhood.

In 2017, she directed her first poetry film, Don’t Tell Me I’m Beautiful, which first screened in the US at the Seattle’s Arts in Nature festival. The film was chosen as an Official Selection of the 2018 Juteback Poetry Film Festival. The film was chosen again as an Official Selection of the 2019 All Together Now Festival of Fine Art and Short Film in Detroit, Michigan. The film was named an Official Selection at the Newlyn International Film Festival in Cornwall, England. The film was then selected to be screened in Findlay University's new multimedia wing. Most recently the film was named an Official Selection at the Lincoln Short Film Festival in collaboration with the Cube Art Project.

Michl’s second release, the micro-film School of Life was named an Official Selection at the 2018 Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Her film, Lost Sock Collection was named an Official Selection at the 2019 Manchester International Film Festival in Manchester, United Kingdom, and again at the SHORT to the Point Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania. The film received an Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Artists for Artistic Direction.

Michl’s latest film release Return of the Unchartable Soul was named a Semi-Finalist at the Cadence Video Poetry Festival and selected to be printed as a poem with film stills in the University of Kent’s literary magazine The Menteur and screen at the Paris School of Art and Culture this summer in Paris, France.

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Director Statement

My work is deeply rooted in storytelling and the art that grows while waiting: the concrete developed in the overlapped, illusory layers of time. Please get in touch.