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Man From Tomorrow - 40’ (2014)

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Produced by Axis Records & Jacqueline Caux

Starring Jeff Mills

Directed by Jacqueline Caux
Origninal Music by Jeff Mills

Image : Patrick Ghiringhelli, Lazare Pedron
Sound : Benjamin Bober
Editing : Dora Soltani
Calibration : Romain Pierrat
Sound Mixing : Jean Marc Schick
Titles Graphic design : Laura Kopf / Studiobüro Jérôme Sachs
Assistant : Félicien Even


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> watch an excerpt

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Output of the DVD including a CD of 73’ of Jeff Mills’ music - October 27, 2014. Can be buy on the label of Jeff Mills Axis Record.

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Selections :

- Festival Paris-Cinéma - Gaumont Cinema Opéra - 2014
- Festival International du Film de Femmes - Créteil - 2015

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Screenings :

- World Premier at Auditorium du Louvre Museum - Paris - France - February 2 2014
- Studio Museum - Harlem - New York, (U.S.A) - February 12 2014
- Hackesche Hofe - Berlin, (Germany) - February 19 2014
- Kinodromo - Bologne (Italy) - 28 February 28 2014
- Institut of Contemporary Art - London (England) - April 19 2014
- EuroSpace - Tokyo (Japon) - May 5 2014
- Doshisha University - Kyoto (Japon) - May 6 2014
- Milano (Italy) - Spazio ex Ansalto - Intellighenzia Electronica - May 17 2014
- Detroit Techno Festival - (USA) - May 25 2014
- Saint-Etienne (France) - Le Mistral Cinema - June 16 2014
- Paris (France) ENSCI - June 17 2014
- Paris (France) - Gaumont Opéra - July 8 2014
- Lille (France) - Palais des Beaux-Arts - February 4 2015
- Créteil (France) - Festival du Film de Femmes - March 19 2015
- Montreal (Canada) - Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology and Symposium 2015, « Printemps Numériques » - May 22 2015
- Perpignan (France) - The Filaf - June 25 2015
- Chicago (USA)/AXIS - DVD release « Man from Tomorrow » - November 27 2014
- Paris (France) - Institut du Monde Arabe - May 27 2015
- Lille (France) - Skema Business School - October 6 2015
- Rouen (France) - Neoma Business School - October 7 2015
- Montpellier (France) - Diagonal cinema - November 11 2015
- Lisbonne (Portugal) Associaçao Cultural Out Ra - November 14 2015
- Clermont-Ferrand (France) - High school of Art - May 25 2016

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A few months ago, Jeff Mills asked me to make a film with him. Before anything else, and even though I knew his music for two decades, it was first necessary to have a series of conversations with him in order to better identify the subjects that inspired and motivated him the most, as well as his questions and preoccupations. These conversations were even more important because from the very beginning, we wanted to make a film that would have a certain aesthetic quality, something more than just a portrait in the strictest sense. Consequently, I wanted to be able to imagine images that would be inspired as much by the words as his music. We also agreed to only use images that wouldn’t identify the actual locations – place and time – in which we were in.

The film is a playful and visual journey intended to lead us through the music of Jeff Mills in a different way. The first part of the film is entirely without words; through a combination of music and images, it is left up to viewer’s imagination and personnal projections to create meaning. It was my desire that music would replace words, in this part of the film, so that the viewer could “penetrate” into the sound.

In the second part, I use few voice-over excerpts of conversations I recorded with Jeff. These remarks clearly show his interest in the outcome of mankind, the future and his proccupations with travel in space and time. These are the topics that nourish his imagination when he composes music. These propositions may seem to us now to come from a world of fantasy; however, they will most certainly become realities accessible to mankind, and may be even become necessary for the survival of humanity.

In this film, light is an important factor - just like it is an important element of our world - as are the shadows that dematerialize the characters in the film. These aesthetically unconventional images follow no set of rules and do not impose any specific narrative. Above all, I wanted to give free reign to the viewer’s subjective impressions, and physical sensations, in this film.

Depending on the rushes I showed him after the shooting, Jeff Mills proposed original unpublished music. In the music of Jeff Mills, there are often elements that seem to hold back time, since the same sound-image can reoccur in such a way as to make in possible to distinguish all its facets. The sound’s lively force, along with these moving images in space, produce hypnotic effects on the listener/viewer. In a way, this is a portrait of the action that these sounds have on our perceptions, which the images in this film seek to match, or even reinforce…

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Press :

> Jeff Mills : The Failings of the Future - hyponik - 2015
> An American Techno D.J. Beloved Overseas Comes to Brooklyn - The N.Y. Times Style Magazine - 2015
> Jeff Mills Is The Man From Tomorrow - Vice - 2015
> Man from Tomorrow - Jacqueline Caux / Jeff Mills - by Stephane Malfettes - Artpress - N°411 - May 2014
> [Interview] Jeff Mills et Jacqueline Caux, dans l’aire du futur - Coup d'Oreille - 2014
> Man From Tomorrow - MIX MIXTE, par Antoine Oury - Critikat 2014
> Jacqueline Caux & Jeff Mills : Man From Tomorrow - Je beurre ma tartine - 2014

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Interview :

- Paris (France) - IRCAM - October 1 2013

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