Master Class with Peter Mettler

November 20, 2014

This intimate professional development series focuses on the craft and art of documentary media. Celebrated documentary filmmakers and other acclaimed pros (including editors, cinematographers and sound design) share their expertise and experiences.

Incorporating elements of narrative and experimental cinema, traditional documentary and essay, the films of Peter Mettler (Picture of LightGambling, Gods & LSDThe End of Time) are bold and mesmerizing. Reflecting on his 30-year career, Mettler will speak to the art of improvisation in documentary filmmaking.

Mettler will discuss his strategies for preparing for the unexpected and how he’s developed his instincts in the editing suite. Alternating between clips, conversation and practical advice, this master class will provide participants with insights into the working methods and philosophy of this truly singular filmmaker.

The Class will be moderated by writer José Teodoro, who’s currently working on a book about Mettler’s films.

Read our Q&A with Peter Mettler.

For more on the DOC Institute’s Masters Series, click here

Event Info

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors at 6:00pm)
Location: Camera Bar (Map)
Price: DOC Members: $55 / LIFT Members: $55 / Non-members: $75 / Students (with valid I.D.) $45



Peter Mettler is known for a diversity of work in image and sound mediums – foremost for his films such as Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD, and also as a photographer and groundbreaking live audio/visual mixing performer. His work bridges the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. He has collaborated with an extensive range of international artists and has been honoured with awards and retrospectives worldwide.

Critical praise for Peter Mettler:


“[Mettler] uses music and sound to control the pace, to slow time, as if cinema were a form of enforced meditation.” – The New York Times


“Mettler melds intuitive-associative processes with drama, essay, experiment and documentation.” – Film Society Lincoln Center


“Cinema is linear, but Canadian Peter Mettler is an experimental filmmaker and cinematographer who twists it into shapes far different than a straight narrative line.” – The Globe and Mail