Rather than making a film about ecological systems, can we create an ecological project?
Topography is a multi-format documentary project that includes films, live-edited performances, interactive experiences, and community collaborations. Set in and around America’s public lands, the project spends time in the Badlands, Death Valley, Fire Island, and Zion.
From paleontologists to medicinal plant experts, rangers to ranchers, motel workers to tourists, environmental preservation to settler colonialism, seaside communities to seemingly desolate badlands - Topography fragments across time, species, scales, and histories to reveal how different perspectives shape the land and its futures.
Topography is a collaboration between Hannah Jayanti & Alexander Porter.
Various formats are supported by Catapult Documentary Film Fund, Brown Institute Center for Media Innovation, Headlands Center for the Arts Residency and Project Space, New York State Council on the Arts, McEvoy Family Award for Film/Video, Ken Corday FDM Grow Grant, UCSC, Badlands National Park Arts Residency, Fire Island National Seashore Residency, National Park Arts Foundation.