Short Film, 5 mins, 2017
Director – Chris Spencer-Lowe
Photography Stills by Yalitsa Riden


Synopsis & Statement by Chris Spencer-Lowe (Director)

Aleatoria, disorder incarnate, the lady of the wheel. Turning and cranking, spinning and churning the stuff of chaos. Randomness, chance and the unpredictability of being are at her command. Created through random processes, including randomized image choices and decision making, found footage inspired from social networks and cameras spun on constructed wheel mounts in random locations.

Using social media, I asked random people to tell me three images that came to their minds when thinking of chaos and chance. This generated a list of 80 images, 44 of which I was able to find a representation of online and re-photograph onto Super 8 film. By rolling dice for the order, I assembled the found ‘chaos’ images, creating a collection of randomly collected images, or ‘aleatoria.’ 

I mounted a Super 8 camera into a 35mm film reel and rigged it to a handwinder. With this ‘chaos jib,’ I could spin the camera vertically and horizontally, creating a ‘swishing’ effect as images flew by, eventually stopping in a random position.

In creating a live-action element to personify my chaotic approach, I shot a scene in which actor Misha Horacek becomes Aleatoria, a personification of chaos. There were no rehearsals and every decision was as spontaneous and automatic as possible.

Although I did create a general map of the film, I used the rolling of dice and other approaches to determine the specifics of editing.

Photography by Yalitsa Riden, from the film Aleatoria by Christopher Spencer-Lowe.

Aleatoria Trailer: Chis Spencer-Lowe plays live sound to accompany the film premier at HIFF, June 7, 2017.

Screenings 2017–18

Ottawa - Origin 8 Commissioning program screening: September 16, 2016
Halifax – HIFF: Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival: June 7, 2017
Halifax – FIN: The Atlantic International Film Festival: September 18, 2017
Victoria – Antimatter Media Arts Festival: October 27, 2017         
Fredericton – Silverwave Film Festival: November 2, 2017
Montreal – Montreal Underground Film Festival: May 20, 2018

Bialystok – ZUBROFFKA Film Festival: December 8, 2017       

The Netherlands
Rotterdam – DINAMO Experimental Film Distribution Conference, International Film Festival Rotterdam: January 31, 2018

Toulouse – Traverse Vidéo: March 7, 2018

Harrisburg PA – Moviate Artsfest Film Festival: May 26-28, 2018

Marburg – Open Eyes Film Festival: July 21, 2018