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Here is Always Somewhere Else 

Directed by Rene Daalder (CultEpics/Agit Pop)

In 1975, Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader set off alone on a small sailboat across the Atlantic. He was heading home to Holland (but not for good) from America. He'd been living in California and he'd planned to go back. A photographer, installation, video and performance artist, Ader called this crossing or performance, In Search of the Miraculous. Physically, he didn't make it. Metaphysically, he sure did. The voyage, and the void he left, brings into question what we know of one another and how we come to know, or believe, it. As the film shows, our perception of the people closest to us is the work of reason and the imagination. In all aspects of Ader's life, from his artistic interest in gravity to his final work, the Atlantic crossing, he illuminated the "state of grace," to quote a Dutch sailor in the film, so infrequently experienced (even feared) in life. When falling, as Ader shows in his films, which appear on disc two, we're essentially, briefly, free of constraints. In this film, falling becomes a powerful metaphor for living.

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