The Initiation Well

Chris Kennedy

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Staff Picks The Initiation Well
Chris Kennedy

3 Minutes

Staff Picks

August 1–31, 2023

The Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal is a huge estate that has two wells for performing initiation ceremonies built into the ground. This film takes us into one of them. Sound design by Samuel La France.

The Initiation Well is presented on e-flux Film alongside lay claim to an island (2009), 349 (for Sol LeWitt) (2011), and Towards a Vanishing Point (2012) as the August 2023 edition of the monthly series Staff Picks featuring Chris Kennedy.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Architecture
Rituals & Celebrations, The Occult & Mysticism, Experimental Film, Europe
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Chris Kennedy (b. Maryland) is an independent filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He is the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). His short experimental films have screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, the La Plata Semana del Film Experimental, the Pacific Film Archive, and Container, Brisbane. His film Watching the Detectives won the Ken Burns Award for the Best of the Festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2018. His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium’s materiality in a contemporary context.


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