FIRST BREATH is a bold, innovative non-verbal short documentary. Exploring the journey of ageing, from birth to death, through the diverse landscapes we inhabit, including our own bodies. These body images are captured as ambiguous landscapes and compared and contrasted with macro and micro images of our planet.
First Breath is an introduction to The Breath Project, a larger ongoing project which has featured in two TED talks in the UK and US, at the V&A and the Eden project.
This project has been made in collaboration with members of the production teams who worked on David Attenborough's ground-breaking natural history programmes and partnerships with world leading tech partners Vision Research and ARRI.
Directed by Phillip Clemo, a UK-based artist working in film, composition, sound-design and live performance. His work, described as "mesmerising" (The Times) and “transcendent“ (BBC), has been shown around the world, including at international film festivals and the V&A Museum and Eden Project in the UK.
In his visual work Clemo explores perception, abstraction and where the boundaries of familiarity begin to break down. He uses cutting-edge and novel technologies to capture imagery on scales from cosmic worlds in petri-dishes and extreme close-up motion-control journeys over human bodies to gyro-stabilised helicopter imagery of Icelandic geothermal fields.
First Breath will be available to stream online from 22nd April 2021 (Earth Day) in addition, a special series of digital prints created by Philip Clemo has been made available via Sedition.