Private Project

Climbing Eros

"Climbing Eros" takes place on a Greek island in the Saronic Gulf. The short film explores the stages of a pilgrimage through the eyes of director Charles M Pepiton and his young son who walk the island—from the deserted lighthouse on one end to the peak of Mt. Eros—whilst artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton collects botanicals to create inks for painting. Each finds a means to reconcile with loss and return to the earth and to themselves. The film features two meditations written for the film by Damon Falke—one of confession, one of returning to materiality—that knit the threads of hiking and gathering around Jean-Luc Marion’s notion that “loving requires distance and the crossing of distance.”

  • Charles M Pepiton
    Director
    Koppmoll; Laura, or Scenes from a Common World
  • Damon Falke
    Writer
    Koppmoll; Laura, or Scenes from a Common World
  • Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton
    Producer
    Koppmoll; Laura, or Scenes from a Common World
  • Charles M Pepiton
    Producer
    Koppmoll; Laura, or Scenes from a Common World
  • Charles M Pepiton
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
  • JLW Pepiton
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • Darrien Mack
    Editor
    Koppmoll
  • Tana Bachman-Bland
    Film Score
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    Creative Non-Fiction, Cinepoetry, Cinematic Poetry
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Greece
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cadence Video Poetry Festival (Northwest Film Forum)
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    April 24, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Magic Lantern on Main
    Spokane, WA
    United States
    May 6, 2022
    Screened w/ live string quartet accompaniment
  • Art Video International Film Festival (AVIFF)
    Cannes
    France
    May 24, 2022
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • West Sound Film Festival
    Bremerton, WA
    United States
    August 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • AVIFF Special Screening at Open Window School
    Pretoria
    South Africa
    October 11, 2022
    African Premiere
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, LA
    United States
    January 25, 2023
    Official Selection
  • McMinnville Short Film Festival
    McMinnville, OR
    United States
    February 24, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Charles M Pepiton

Charles M Pepiton works as Producing Artistic Director for Square Top Theatre (STT) and Associate Professor of Theatre at Gonzaga University. His previous films include STT's Koppmoll and Laura, or Scenes from a Common World. Read more about his work at www.cpepiton.com.

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