Private Project

Return of the Unchartable Soul

Filmed on the shores of Montenegro, the skies over Serbia, and across the waters of Thailand, Return of the Unchartable Soul layers related and unrelated sounds to create a disconnected new world.

Sloshy and watery, Return of the Unchartable Soul is a film of leaving and returning. Based on the poem of the same name by American poet Eliot Michl. The poet also reads her work, serving as the film's narrator.

  • Eliot Michl
    Director
    Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful, Lost Sock Collection, School of Life
  • Eliot Michl
    Writer
    Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful, Lost Sock Collection, School of Life
  • Michelle Sander
    Producer
    Lost Sock Collection, School of Life, Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Poetry Film, Experimental, Art
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Montenegro, Serbia, Thailand
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Eliot Michl

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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