TRAVELLERS’ PALM

Release from the National Board of Canada

A woman is walking in a tropical forest and comes across a travellers’ palm tree. She admires its beauty and is reminded of a peacock’s tail, a giant fan, etc. This particular species of tree stores rain water in its trunk and the woman punctures the trunk and drinks from a fountain of water that gushes from the tree. So intoxicated is she with the tasting, smelling, seeing and touching, that as she drinks the water, she feels that she merges with the tree and becomes the tree. The proof is that an exotic bird appears and nestles in her hair which has become the branches of the tree.

Created with white plastilina, this film is perhaps the first film to animate bas relief sculptures. Using a series of contiguous dissolves, the film has a dream-like quality, beautifully conveying the awe-inspiring and timeless feel of a verdant jungle. The film has the feel of a return to the Garden of Eden, when mankind was one with the universe.

Released from the National Board of Canada
POETS ON FILM # 2
four Canadian poems animated, 7 minutes 55 seconds

1) FROM THE HAZEL BOUGH by Earle Birney, animation by Janet Perlman
2) TRAVELLERS’ PALM by P.K. Page, animation by Joyce Borenstein
3) DEATH BY STREETCAR by Raymond Souster, animation by Sheldon Cohen
4) A SAID POEM by John Robert Colombo, animation by Veronica Soul