Alison McAlpine

Filmmaker and Writer







Cielo, Director’s Notes- Alison McAlpine

The unforgettable Chilean sky and the remarkable characters we filmed are at the heart of “Cielo”. These desert dwellers and scientists who live and work in the Atacama Desert- their stories, their reflections, their humour and humanity and the endless beauty of the sky- were and are my continual inspiration. So few of us look above and pay attention to the stars or planets in our daily lives; what would it be like to live among these extraordinary people in this otherworldly landscape whose gaze is totally directed upward?

“Cielo” is also an exploration of what a story can be. The unfolding of our narrative is more associative than logical. We reveal with juxtapositions of image and sound- for instance, the intimacy of a human moment vis-à-vis the epic scale of the night sky. “Cielo” is an invitation to slow down, reflect and rediscover our world, offering, I hope, the audience an evocative space in which to think and imagine for themselves. Or even experience a moment of transcendence, what photographer Robert Frank calls, “the poetry behind the surfaces of things”.