Friday, June 24, 2011

General Orders No. 9

Awarded for its visionary cinematography, “General Orders No. 9″ breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of over eleven years’ work from first time writer-director Bob Persons, “General Orders No. 9″ marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man’s progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own. Told entirely with images, poetry, and music, “General Orders No. 9″ is unlike any film you have ever seen. A story told in maps, dreams, and prayers, it is one last trip down the rabbit hole before it’s paved over.

deer trails become

Indian trails 

become county roads

Bob Persons is a first-time writer-director from Middle Georgia. After a short career in magazine publishing in Charleston, South Carolina, he moved back to his hometown where he began planning and writing the script for what would become General Orders No. 9. Five years later, he met an Atlanta filmmaker named Phil Walker, and production began in earnest. After five more years, the film premiered at the 2009 Atlanta film Festival.

Phil Walker is a award-winning producer, editor and documentary filmmaker from Atlanta, GA. He met Bob Persons four years ago and began collaborating on “General Orders No.9” as co-producer, editor and occasional snapping turtle wrangler. Throughout his career, Phil’s work has focused largely on the environment, education and history. Previous projects includes the PBS documentary “D-Day: Down to Earth” and a global media campaign for the United Nations Conference on Population and Development. He is currently producing a documentary that follows a small, diverse group on a contemplative wilderness retreat in the San Juan Islands. The film explores our spiritual connections to the natural world.

Copy and images from General Orders No 9 and Blind Film Critic. You have to love this rabbit.

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