Perfect Fifths

Director: Courtney Stephens
USA / 2021 / 8 min

Last streamed on Wed, Jun 30

The American Sector co-director Courtney Stephens’s Super-8 portrait of Afro-Caribbean musician, artist, and piano tuner JJJJJerome Ellis is a meditation on intervals in music, nature, and language that links the mechanics of the piano with the mechanics of the camera, oscillating between construction and destruction. Tuning is the intermediate space between the two, and brings harmony—at least temporarily. Time and weather return, bringing suffering and instability.