Trailer for "The Evening News" (2023, 11 minutes)
A different take on all the bad news about the environment.
At first glance The Evening News is a straightforward nature film about what some animals get up to in the evening in a remote valley in southwestern Montana. Upon closer watching and listening, the film reveals complex and changing relationships between image and sound, and between language and our senses, that prod us to rethink our relationship to the earth and the creatures with whom we share it as a home. With its surprise ending, The Evening News challenges those habits of mind and perception that keep us from perceiving, and loving, the natural world—and cinema—for what it is.
100 years ago G.K. Chesterton wrote: "[T]he function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders." This film tries to realize this ideal.