Compost by Jim and Diane Downer

I saw Compost a few months back and was really pleased to discover that it’s online. It’s a beautiful piece of work. Husband-and-wife filmmaking team Jim and Diane Downer talk about their filmmaking process in this interview with Rooftop Films:

“It wasn’t apparent to me at first, but now looking back on the project I see it as a documentary, a record of all the walks Diane and I took together with our four dogs to collect specimens. Things go by so quickly on the screen, when in reality they took months to collect and assemble. There’s a lot of wonderfully peaceful memories associated with this film. Also, along with being entertaining the film also has scientific value. It represents a cross section, a sampling of Rochester’s biomass. Grade-school children always seem to make that connection when they watch the film.”


  • Victor

    hey guys,
    did you see this one:
    http://vimeo.com/2475349
    I love it!

  • Emilie

    I don’t know why, maybe because or fast images synchronized with the piano, it reminds me of Norman McLaren’s Blinkity Blank… I love it! :) Thank you!

  • sean w.

    that was grrreat!

  • Annie-Mae

    I’m not surprised gradeschool children would like it. I’d like to see this on Sesame Street. Might be a little weird but no more weirder then Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s very quaint and cute.

  • Chris Knox

    One of the best pieces you’ve posted. Fantastic work, like a kinda pastoral version of Frank’s Film (my all time fave!)

  • http://justforspite.blogspot.com Gene Hole

    love it. something not unlike oscar fischinger about it…

  • http://crisafullidoodles.blogspot.com/ Marc Crisafulli

    Really great. I just took a look at “Blinkity Blank”, which I’d never seen before. The first thing I thought of while watching “Compost” was “Begone Dull Care”… like if McLaren went green!