The Quiet Zone

The Quiet Zone

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Trailer(s)
Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
45 minutes

Originally created to protect the Green Bank Radio Telescope from terrestrial radio transmissions, the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is home to a community of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Broadcasts in the area are limited to emergency services and a single AM channel. Community members regularly police the area to scout for random wifi signals and ensure that the zone remains free of unwanted transmissions.

Filmmakers Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux profile the residents who have chosen to live in a place that is free of technology. Instead of Netflix and endless hours on the Internet, they opt for cooking, square dancing, and playing bingo. Life as an “electrosensitive” and the range of symptoms that sufferers endure may have precipitated the decision, but the consequence is a very different experience of time passing. Lush cinematography and a textured soundscape evoke a sci-fi atmosphere, while static shots of abandoned buildings, and empty schoolyards hint that the town is slowly fading away. Not unlike a distant radio signal. -SC

Filmmaker

Daniel Froidevaux

Daniel Froidevaux is a documentary filmmaker and video artist, whose work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals in Canada and Internationally. His work includes his short film Little Castle (2012 - Montréal World Film Festival, "The Art of the Archive" at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto), and The Quiet Zone (2013–) an ongoing project with collaborator Elisa Gonzalez which began as a video installation (Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montréal, Pleasuredome’s New Toronto Works, the Ryerson Image Centre, and the Channels Video Festival). The latest iteration of The Quiet Zone is a mid-length documentary that will have its world premiere at Hot Docs 2017. Froidevaux holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.

Filmmaker

Elisa Gonzalez

Elisa Gonzalez is rooted in the fine arts practicing as a filmmaker, multi-media artist, and educator. Her work ranges from experimental to interactive documentary that has exhibited internationally including Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain, and The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. Her work explores the inherent tension between memory and history, and between technology and the individual, through contemporary documentary form. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Screening With
Jodie Mack | 
US |
 2017 | 
4 minutes