Private Project

(green before "green")

Looking back on my childhood, the ability to reproduce images began on my 8th birthday. On that day, I was gifted a Polaroid camera. The camera proved to be a momentous resource. From that point forward, I had a tool that would enable the preservation of my visual perception. A small collection of Polaroids would serve as an amplification of childhood narrative and memory.

In contrast, my son, Atticus, had expanded access to photographic technology. Soon after his first birthday, he developed a curiosity for image reproduction. His linguistic skills had not yet developed; however, he had a noticeable awareness for capturing photos and videos. Over the course of several months, he composed a large collection of still and motion images. Upon reviewing the content, Stan Brakhage’s notion of an “untutored eye” began to emerge. Within these photographs, it became evident that Atticus had not yet conformed to accepted laws of perspective or logic. In short, he was immersed in an adventure of pre-language perception.

(green before “green”) documents these contrasting stages of optical perception. Within Atticus' collection of stills and video, it is possible to observe an uninhibited exploration of movement and freedom. In comparison, my meager collection of Polaroids displays a visual awareness encapsulated within the margins of the frame. The photographs are interpreted via the limitations of storytelling and spoken language. (green before “green”) contemplates the complex intersections between family, parent, and child. Furthermore, the film attempts to authenticate the contrast between structured and unstructured points of view. Namely, does visual perception change through the acquisition of language?

  • Atticus Echeverria
  • Paul Echeverria
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Polaroid
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Atticus Echeverria, Paul Echeverria

Atticus Echeverria is a student at Bishop Elementary in Ypsilanti, MI. He enjoys exploring nature, riding his bike, and collecting Star Wars toys. (green before "green") is his first film.

Paul Echeverria is a filmmaker, digital artist and educator. His research and creative practice examine the formative dynamics between childhood, parenthood and the family structure. In addition, he produces work that contemplates the inevitable collision between humans and technology. Echeverria works with multiple forms of media, including film, video, augmented/virtual reality, performance, social media, data manipulation, podcasting and e-literature.

Echeverria’s films and digital works have been exhibited at multiple venues, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), Mimesis Documentary Festival, Media City Film Festival, Other Cinema, the FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter, VASTLAB Experimental Festival, the Dallas Medianale, Festival Ecrã, the Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey, Experiments in Cinema, the NY Media Center by IFP, The Wrong Biennale, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Anthology Film Archives and the Angelika Film Center.

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