#tbt Nick de Pencier Dances for a Small Screen
By Pat Mullen
Nick de Pencier’s Black Code opens tomorrow at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The doc marks de Pencier’s second theatrical feature as a director after 2007’s Four Wings and a Prayer and after shooting acclaimed films such as Watermark and The Ghosts in Our Machine. However, de Pencier didn’t always plan to be a cinematographer and, as he notes in this POV interview with Brian St. Denis, he shot of fell into being a DoP after starting out as a still photographer with thoughts of making fiction films.
Among de Pencier’s earlier credits as a director is the short film Dances for a Small Screen: Motel (1998). The short is part of a TV trilogy that features segments by Moze Mossanen and Laura Taler. Shot by Marcus Elliot, this racy and melancholy dance film/performance piece offers a dynamic portrait of two separated lovers grieving their lost romance in a seedy motel. Film at a variety of odd and intimate angles, the short showcases a cinematographer’s eye and a filmmaker’s eagerness to take the audience directly into the personal space of the characters.
Watch Dances for a Small Screen: Motel below:
(And stay tuned for a new interview between de Pencier and POV editor Marc Glassman!)