DECENT INTO THE MALSTROM

Producer, DOP, Location Management
Documentary 63 min
A stunning film based on majestic music based on a mesmerizing short story based on a unique natural phenomenon. With its powerful music composed by Philip Glass and majestic landscapes, DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM is an ode to the beauty and harsh living conditions of Northern Norway.

In 1841 Edgar Allan Poe wrote the short story "Descent Into the Maelstrom". A tale of two brothers who sailed their fishing boat into the raging waters of the "Moskenestraumen" in Lofoten in the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway. The boat sank and only one of the brothers survived. In 1980 Philip Glass was commissioned to write a 66 minute piece of music based on the work of E.A. Poe. The work was performed in Australia for a dance company and the original recording has been lost. The piece was recorded again for posterity by the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1981. We have arranged the music for the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and in June 2018 we will march the orchestra to the top of Kvalvik mountain in Lofoten and they will perform the piece anew at its place of birth. We will also be filming the people of Lofoten hard at work in the toughest imaginable weather conditions. Strong people surviving in an inhospitable, yet beautiful landscape. —Jan Vardøen