Peter Mettler (Canada)

Based both in Switzerland and Canada, Peter Mettler (born 1958, Toronto) is a strong supporter of independent creativity, having collaborated with numerous filmmakers, artists and musicians such as Werner Penzel, Michael Ondaatje, Atom Egoyan, Peter Weber, Fred Frith, Jim O'Rourke, Tom Kuo, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Robert Lepage, Andreas Züst, and many others.
Melding intuitive processes with drama, essay, experiment or documentation, his own films hold a unique and influential position in creative expression not only in film but also in new art forms where cinema and other disciplines merge. Meditations on our world, rooted in personal experience, his works reflect the visions and wonder of their characters and audiences alike. Mettler’s films have garnered many prizes and been the focus of several retrospectives internationally.
Additional artistic activities include a wide range of ongoing engagements in music, dance and photography. Over the years Mettler has presented photographic gallery exhibitions in Europe and Canada. More recently he has been experimenting with live sound and image mixing performances with a diversity of musical artists in an extremity of locales ranging from radio theatres to dance clubs and wilderness locations.

Filmography

  • Lancalot Freely
    1980
  • Scissere
    1982
  • Eastern Avenue
    1985
  • The Top of his Head
    1989
  • Tectonic Plates
    1992
  • Picture of Light
    1994
  • Balifilm
    1996
  • Gambling, Gods and LSD
    2002
  • Away
    2007
  • Shostakovitch / Notes in Silence
    2007
  • Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
    2009
  • The End of Time
    2012
  • Plastikman in Detroit
    2014

Doc Alliance Members

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.