Mt. Chocora 2011, The Holy See, and remembering Cliff Angstadt PART TWO





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Published on Sep 28, 2011

Category: Experimental Video, Reality Travel Show, Theological Video

Mt. Chocora 2011, The Holy See , and remembering Cliff Angstadt
Directed By Francis C. P. Knize
Run Time 25:49

An inspiring journey into spirituality of our times as two hikers remember an old friend by sprinkling his ashes on top of Mt. Chocora in New Hampshire. From above the "higher powers" join the tribute and help rid the mountain of the curse that Chocorua, a native American, cast on white man 200 years ago --that the Great Spirit devastate their homes with wind, fire, and lighting. The themes of forgiveness and new beginnings and the power for humans to project a better world play into events, and seem particularly relevant today with all the catastrophes and bloodshed that abound.

Chocorua's son was poisoned by the settlers and he leaped to his death from the highest of the mountain's precipices as the settlers were in hot pursuit for he having massacred the responsible family in revenge.

The filmmaker has intended to create a mosaic of imagery, combining documentary structure with film as art, in homage to Marshall McLuhan's maxim from the 1960's 'the medium is the message' and also taking from historic director Sergei Eisenstein, who explained that meanings contained in each image generated new and a higher order of meanings when combined with others. It is a mathematical process to some extent catalyzing a higher complexity of understanding of our own humanity.

Francis C. P. Knize has remained consistent in developing his style and genre for over 40 years, experimenting with the visual experience to study the effects upon perception. He then would cross section these visual experiences with pure documentary structure to embellish the overall viewing experience. Delivery of content concerning the sociological issues of our day, providing straightforward informative reporting is also a goal of Mr. Knize's works.

The friendships since high school of Francis, Stephen, and Cliff signified one of those special lifelong relationships that are coveted by us all. When Cliff suddenly died in 2007, Francis knew him for 37 years. Cliff was one of those enlightened individuals, filled with passion for the history of art and architecture, and exploration into the deeper realms of self. He was a visionary of great order. A timeless soul who had reincarnated. Cliff was from a broken family, he did not get along with his stepfather, but that did not stop him from pursuing higher ideals. This quest to question everything and to see with new light, and to seek expressions in design, literature, and art was the force that culminated the friendship. Hiking this mountain has become a healing ritual for Francis and Stephen.

From The Director: I think all of us feel the historical impact of our new millennium. A new era is upon us. As we reached the top of the mountain, in our own minds we were accompanied by higher intelligence, and there was also the weight of the mountain's curse of which I was not aware of until I got back to the editing room, when I looked up on Wikipedia.org about the New Hampshire mountain. It was also of great coincidence that the very precipice that we sprinkled Cliff's ashes was the one that the Indian Chocorua had leaped to his death.

Filmmaking has always been a serendipitous process for me. Miracles happen. Connections are made that otherwise would have been missed, through entrances of unexpected events; like in this movie when I met an ordained minister just below the summit who explained his experiences meeting with the Pope in the 1990's. Suddenly, I drew a connection to the fact that one month before I had been touring Italy and had been at St. Peter's, and had camera access to the great art of the Vatican. It was clear to me that I must merge the two themes and include this rich content. The result is a flowing work with many transitions into the holy realm as if our adventure was blessed by the Saints and church themselves. My wish is for the audience to transcend the commonality of a simple travel video, to join in with us the ashes-to-the-wind summit ritual bound to project toward higher thinking and a future worthy of our kind.

Please leave your comments on whether the filmatic style works for you and also those that remember Cliff can post your memories.


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