“The Sweet Stench of Sulfur” blends documentary, historical, and fictional elements by merging mythical and apocalyptic components into what seems like fragments of a dream. It examines human interaction with nature and how nature reclaims itself through natural disasters.
The film was shot at the Dead Sea where sinkholes are ‘swallowing’ man-made habitats due to evaporation and climate change. Although dangerous and unpredictable, there is beauty in these colorful pools which have been a mysterious source for new microbial life in an ecosystem infamous for its barren characteristics. The voice-over is based on an interview conducted with a geologist who was ‘swallowed’ by a sinkhole. Trapped inside a liminal space, he underwent psychological extremes from hope to despair. In a post-truth political era, where objective facts about global warming are mythicized, the film reflects on the uncertain through a scientific, metaphysical, and historical lens.
Michelle Claire Gevint (b. 1980, Israel) is an Israeli-American interdisciplinary artist and film maker currently based in Brooklyn. She obtained her BFA from Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem and resided to NYC after receiving a scholarship to for her MFA at Parsons School of Design. Selected group exhibitions and residencies include: The Bronx Museum of Art, AIM Biennial, Fridman gallery, NYC, NYABF MOMA PS1, Lanzia Museum, Poland, Bric fellowship, Lower east side print shop residency, 2-person exhibition at Local projects gallery space, LIC, NY, Governors Island Art Fair, Trestle Gallery residency and group exhibition, NY, Hermitage Museum, Russia, Beijing Design Festival, China, Auckland Photo Festival, NZ, Sotheby's Chicago, MICA, Baltimore, G91, NY, Marble House Residency, VT, Vermont studio center, VT. Her work has been featured in publications such as Woman Cinemakers magazine, The Chicago Sun Times, Bronx Museum catalogue, Humble Arts Foundation, Aint-bad online Magazine, Float Magazine, The artist catalogue, Recinema catalogue, ICP blog, Sidney College of Arts and Arts Culture Beat, online Columbia university blog, Art Fuse and The Berkshire Eagle. Her most recent film has been screened at the UN climate change summit COP23 at the Kunst Museum Bonn, Germany, organized by the museum TBA21, Currents New Media festival in Santa Fe, NM, Imagine Science festival NYC and Newfilmmakers festival, Anthology cinema NYC.