A Bright Light

Karen and the Process

A Bright Light by Emmanuelle Antille
A Bright Light © abrightlight Emmanuelle Antille 2019
A Bright Light © abrightlight Emmanuelle Antille 2019
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Directed by Emmanuelle Antille
94 mins | Switzerland, 2018 | English, French with English subtitles

A cinematographic essay that journeys across the USA in the footsteps of Karen Dalton, one of the 1960s most iconic voices, worshipped by her peers but little known to the public. The cult singer was not cut out for the conventions of the industry: a prodigious musician, she was first and foremost a free woman who lived on the fringe. The film – part biopic, part diary – also serves as a dialogue for the filmmaker on the creative process: its frantic and mysterious paths where reality and dreams intersperse.

Born in Lausanne, Emmanuelle Antille studied at the ESAV in Geneva and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Since 1995, she has developed her artistic practice as a video artist and film director exploring the bonds between people within a community and family. 'A Bright Light' is her first feature-length documentary.

Produced by: Rubis Films, Intermezzo Films
Producers: Emmanuelle Antille, Luc Peter
Director of Photography: Carmen Jaquier
Sound: Malika Pellicoli
Edited by: Laurence Vaes, Emmanuelle Antille, Emilie Morier
Music by: Karen Dalton & Billy Mitchel, Harry Tuft, Dick Weissman, Jean-Marc Butty, Ben Schenck Colin Gagon, Diane Cluck, Lower Dens, Cheyenne, Philippe Henchoz Robot Kimbap, Djely Mamou Kouyaté, Delia Meshlir, Jimmy " Duck " Holmes Larkin Grimm, Christian Pahud, Richard Tucker
Contact: Sweet Spot Docs