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Rock Bottom Riser

March 12 & March 13, 2022

Rock Bottom Riser

(Dir. Fern Silva, 2021)

Los Angeles premiere! Exclusive 35mm presentation!






Lumiere Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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From the  earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight, to present-day  astronomers scanning the cosmos for habitable planets, explorers have  long made Hawaii the hub for their searching. Today—as lava continues to  flow on the island—another crisis mounts as scientists plan to build  the world’s largest telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s most sacred and  revered mountain.

In his  dynamic feature debut, Fern Silva examines myriad encounters with an  island world at sea. Drawing from subjects as seemingly disparate as the  arrival of Christian missionaries and the controversial casting of  Dwayne Johnson as King Kamehameha, the film weaves a vital tapestry of  post-colonialism and pop culture with cinematic brio and a wry wit. Rock Bottom Riser is an essential document and an exhilarating tour-de-force, a palimpsest that traverses geology, ethnography and astronomy.

Format: 35mm


Saturday March 12, 2022 - 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM

Sunday March 13, 2023 - 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM

[A] psychedelic mixtape of a movie.

- Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

Invigorating… otherworldly… hypnotically beautiful.

- Keith Watson, Slant Magazine

Feels in harmony with the spiritual essence of Earth’s eruptions and mankind’s efforts to control them.

- Glenn Heath Jr, The Film Stage

Fern  Silva’s debut feature flips the idea of a nature documentary on its  head and melts it down into something that feels almost entirely new.

- David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Juxtaposes  the ideas and experiences of others in much the same way Silva’s  earlier films combined potentially conflicting image and sound sets,  breaking given cultural spheres apart and poetically reassembling them  as competing temporalities.

- Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

(Available to download after screening date)

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