Icarus Films, in conjunction with the KimStim Collection, has targeted Mar. 10 as the DVD debut date for A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, the three-part experimental film from filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell that peels back the layers of the life of musician and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (aka: Lichens).
In the first part, the artist is seen in a communal gathering on the island of Vormsi, just off the coast of Estonia in the Baltic Sea. We then follow Lowe on a solo journey of natural reflection in the remote forest region of Hyrynsalmi, Finland (about 300 miles to the northeast of Helsinki).
Once these aspects of Lowe’s life are explored — and his energy is restored in a metaphysical sense — the action for the third segment of the film shifts to Lowe in a live concert performance in Oslo, Norway.
Bonus features include the short film Call No Man Happy Until He is Dead and the featurette titled “Directors’ Note.”