Trailer for In The Jungle, 2017 feature film.
A piece of expanded poetics which combines written and spoken text with music composed with the found and created sounds of birds and insects. The collision of human civilization and wildlife is both a contemplation of extinction and environmentalism as well as a metaphor for the wild in our psyches and imagination.
Equal parts musical, performance, and poetic lecture, In The Jungle is an hour long, single channel video written and directed by Stephanie Barber, starring Cricket Arrison (of Wham City) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) with sets designed by Smelling Salt Amusements and cinematography by Matthew Robert Thompson.
In The Jungle, playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable
narrator in a self imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of
animal cries and whines in jungle flora our heroine has lived for 1, 612
days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death and fear and sustenance; a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of 'civilization'.