Dark Horse Films is a non-profit film and video production company that produces and distributes "media as art". Established in 1976 in Montpelier, Vermont, the company for several years offered CETA film production internships to people interested in pursuing a career in motion picture production.
In the 1980's the company produced an annual showcase for regional American and Canadian independent filmmakers called "Vermont Independents". The filmmakers were present at the events to discuss their work. They included Randall Conrad, Christine Dahl, Jacques Drouin, David Ehrlich, Ellen Hovde, John Karol, Manny Kirchheimer, Doreen Kraft, Robin Lloyd, Derek Lamb, Theodore Lyman, Norman McLaren, Ed Pincus, Anne Clair Poirier, Dorothy Tod, and Walter Ungerer.
How the universe evolved, and how humans developed are questions that arise with our awareness of life on the planet. There seems always to be much conjecture about it, but no clear answers. Mystery and wonder are pervasive. This film stems from my thoughts about it. As the images I created evolved into continuous sequences, I pursued the direction until it was a film, and finished. Does the eye at the beginning represent the all seeing eye? Is it the nucleus around which the universe swirls, or is it simply an eye?
This work is an exploration of digital still camera motion clips I recorded while visiting the downtown art district of Los Angeles. Initially, material shot with a digital still camera of a visit through the art district during "art walk" day, was the starting point. Once it was transferred into a computer editing system, the realistic imagery of people, places and things, was transformed into explorations of shapes, patterns, colors, text, rhythms and sounds. It was stretched, squeezed, turned upside down, continuously repeated and otherwise distorted both in picture and sound...with playful intentions. Some obscured somewhat recognizable images do remain: a face, eyes, sunglasses, a street corner, a police car, a woman singer and an outdoor concert, another woman eating a piece of cherry pie at a restaurant. Hopingly they invite interpretation and meaning, yet remain illusive.
Today the primary concern of Dark Horse Films is to support the work of its founder Walter Ungerer.