A Bright Light: Karen Dalton and the Process
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A Bright Light: Karen Dalton and The Process (2018). Dir. Emmanuelle Antille. 94 mins. Switzerland.
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A formidable folk musician with an otherworldly voice and unprecedented ear for a melody, Karen Dalton was not only Bob Dylan's "Favorite Singer" but was first and foremost a woman in charge of her own destiny, who lived her life in obscurity on the margins of society.
A Bright Light-Karen Dalton and The Process doesn’t try to provide a chronological reconstruction of the life of this extraordinary artist, but rather attempts to channel and communicate essence through the magical medium of film. Director Emmanuelle Antille applies images and excerpts from Dalton's private journal as fleeting traces of an uncertain past: she transforms and questions these artifacts in the hope of extrapolating greater truth. Karen Dalton lived a life delicately balanced between reality and oblivion, between time spent on stage and in a semi-hermetic status, constantly in search of an impossible internal peace. Antille’s film feeds off of this ambiguity, puts it centre stage, and renders it sublime. Reality and dreams interweave and give new creative form to the haunting resonance of Dalton and her unforgettable music.
"A beautiful love note to a forgotten artist, a tragic story of wasted potential, and an exploration into the primal urge to create."-Film Threat