Climbing Eros takes place on a Greek island in the Saronic Gulf. The short film explores the stages of pilgrimage through the eyes of director Charles M Pepiton and his young son who walk the island—from the deserted lighthouse on one end to the peak of Mt. Eros—whilst artist Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton collects botanicals to create inks for painting. Each finds a means to reconcile with loss and return to the earth and to themselves. The film features two meditations written for the film by Damon Falke—one of confession, one of returning to materiality—that knit the threads of hiking and gathering around Jean-Luc Marion’s notion that “Loving requires distance and the crossing of distance.” The film features an original score composed by Tana Bachman. Edited by Ira Dern.
- World Premiere – Northwest Film Forum’s Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Seattle, WA, USA – April 21-24, 2022
- Special Screening – Magic Lantern on Main, Spokane, WA, USA – May 6, 2022. The event featured live string quartet accompaniment to the film. Read the press release.
- European Premiere – Art Video International Film Festival (AVIFF), Cannes, France – May 24-27, 2022.
- Listen to an interview with director Charles M Pepiton and composer Tana Bachman discussing their creative process for Climbing Eros on Spokane Public Radio.