I M M E M O R I A L
A film journey exploring how memory informs the relationships that people have with their homes and natural environments across North and South America.
Nicholas is currently traveling and working with local residents across the Americas to co-create portraits of people and landscapes. Throughout the journey, he is also filming sites of historical and natural significance, while also recording memories from the lives of people living in close relationship with the natural environments they call home.
As a response to contemporary social and environmental challenges, Immemorial will address the collective memory of these continent and the shared histories of their communities, taking us back to the colonial Encounter—the moment when European colonizers reached the shores of these lands—and before, in hopes of fostering new forms of intercultural education and dialogue around cultural pluralism and the environmental impacts of historical events. By intricately weaving together video portraits, music recordings, and interviews, it will act as a meditation on the complex ways in which environment and identity—through the lens of memory—interact.
Combining elements of documentary, narrative, and essay film, Immemorial embodies an historical, cultural, and ecological investigation project that works through art to celebrate the bond between human expression and the natural world.
Through its portraits of people and places, the film will illuminate fragments of the spaces inhabited physically as well as those inhabited in the realm of memory. Furthermore, it will investigate the deep time of an environment and observe how time passes differently in different spaces, ultimately asking: What is it about an environment that affects both how it is remembered as well as how it itself remembers?