“One thing I like about reading a physical book, especially one someone else has read before, is thinking about their eyes trailing over the same words. That’s a really nice connection.”
Continuing “The Lumière Reader presents” web series of original essay films and digital documentaries is Paper Boat, a beautiful meditation on the profession of book making. Directed by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson, a writer who has worked in bookstores and libraries for many years, this film speaks for the creation and advocacy of books—a timely document of the practice of those who carry a text through each step: writers, editors, designers, printers, binders, booksellers, and librarians.
Beyond the rhetoric around digital versus physical media, Paper Boat wisely focuses on the journey a book follows when it is published today, telling a story of creativity and commitment through the words of writer Gregory Kan, Auckland University Press editor Anna Hodge, Index Design co-founder Amy Yalland, Young Bookseller of the Year Jenna Todd, and others.
Made with funding from NZ On Air, Paper Boat premiered at Time Out Bookstore in Mt. Eden recently, and was released online on September 1st. It was preceded by Land of the Long White Stain, Claire Duncan’s love letter to a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians, and Out of the Mist, Tim Wong’s alternate history of New Zealand Cinema which first screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July and August, and will be released online later this year.
The producers wish to take this opportunity to thank Alex Mitcalfe Wilson for his poetic vision, which was superbly complemented in the field by Sean Wallace’s cinematography and Selina Ershadi’s art direction, and in post, Alexander Gandar’s editing, Jackson Hobbs’s sound design, and Luke Benge and Francesca Mountford’s original score.