Grand Canyon: Symphony of Stone (2000)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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The ambient film Grand Canyon: Symphony of Stone envelops viewers in a rich and lyrical aural and visual pageant, with long, poetic shots of canyon walls filmed by cinematographer Bruce Aiken, vis-à-vis a dynamic, haunting, oft-rhythmic soundscape on the audio track. Aiken -- an artist who lives near the canyon -- shoots images from above and below the rim, via time-lapse cinematography revealing the canyon's transitions over a long period and at every season, all to expose its aesthetic multifacetedness. The program subsequently eases into an informational documentary, discussing the Pueblo communities that once thrived in and around the area, the canyon's flora and fauna, and how contemporary environmental hazards threaten to damage or destroy altogether the ecosystem that thrives in the canyon's depths and along its walls.