Holding Back the Tide

Holding Back the Tide

26th TIDF: International Premiere

A movie akin to a pearl hiding within an oyster, Emily Packer’s film is not only an ode to these complicated, bizarre oysters, but also a queer cinematic poem full of beauty and surprises about sea, taste, gender, community, environment, and the fluidity of life itself. Intertwining facts and data with personal experiences, archive material with cinematic tableaux vivants, Holding Back the Tide alters its form and direction in the same way these gender-fluid mollusks change their sex throughout their lives. However, it never loses its focus, its playfulness, its charming cinematic language, succeeding in encompassing so many standpoints, from the ecological to the political, in a beautiful outcome that unfolds before you like a bite-sized captivating cinematic miracle.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Emily Packer
Cinematography: John Marty
Editing: Lindsey Phillips, Ben Still
Sound: Kaija Siirala
Music: Abby Swidler, Melissa Guion
Actors: Sue Wicks, Lucina Clarke, Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, Wade Karlin,Moody Harney, Pippa Brashear, Kim Tetraut, Owen Foote, Billion Oyster Project
Production: Marginal Gap Films
Producers: Emily Packer, Josh Margolis, Trey Tetreault, Ben Still, Liz Beeson
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B/W
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 77'
Contact: Emily Packer

Emily Packer


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2023 Holding Back the Tide