Part of SFFILM Festival
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another
In a sterile environment, unnamed experts meticulously replicate an elephant tusk and other objects with the help of 3D printers, molds, and brushes – as if excavating artifacts from the wild – all observed at an extreme closeness. Questioning the relationship between replica and original, Jessica Sarah Rinland presents images of the hands of those that cast, cut, trim, and craft these items with pleasing attention to the process and a sensorial sound design. The film delights in the craftsmanship of people whose extraordinary efforts are often just packed away.
“Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another amplifies the tactile qualities of the many processes involved in repairing objects, fabricating copies, and ensuring their long-term saving as historical records, presenting actions in close-ups filled with haptic energy.” —Filmmaker Magazine
Jessica Sarah Rinland is an artist and photographer as well as a filmmaker. Among her short works are Nulepsy (2010), Adeline for Leaves (2013), Electric Oil (2013), Expression of the Sightless (2016), and Black Pond (2018). Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another is her first feature.
Language Spanish, Portuguese, English
Director Jessica Sarah Rinland
Producer Jessica Sarah Rinland, Beli Martínez
Writer Jessica Sarah Rinland
Editor Jessica Sarah Rinland
Cinematographer Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luis Arnías
Cast Jessica Sarah Rinland, Luís Arnías, Joel Seidner