First Look

Watch: "The Arc of Oblivion" Trailer

The Arc of Oblivion premiered at SXSW on March 10 and at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen on March 18.

The Arc of Oblivion explores a quirk of humankind: in a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hellbent on leaving a trace. Set against the backdrop of the filmmaker’s quixotic quest to build an ark in a field in Maine, the film heads far afield – to salt mines in the Alps, fjords in the Arctic, and ancient libraries in the Sahara – to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping, and memory. Playfully weaving stop-motion animation, spellbinding cinematography and fascinating interviews from the director’s inner circle and experts in the fields of science, culture and art – including documentarians Werner Herzog and Kirsten Johnson – The Arc of Oblivion reveals how nature inspires the human drive behind filmmaking.

Director: Ian Cheney Executive Producers: Greg Boustead, Jessica Harrop, Robyn Metcalfe, Werner Herzog Producers: Meredith Desalazar, Manette Pottle, Rebecca Taylor Cinematographer: Ezra Wolfinger.