Jeff Mills - Influences

Before the release of Man From Tomorrow, Detroit legend Jeff Mills takes us through his film influences

Jeff Mills - Influences

Before the release of Man From Tomorrow, Detroit legend Jeff Mills takes us through his film influences

Jeff Mills - techno innovator, DJ maestro, producer extraordinaire, and- now- film director. From his current Parisian base, Mills has partnered with the French film maker Jacqueline Caux to create a cinematic self portrait, a one off examination of Mills' music and inspirations, touching on the futurism of techno, his obsessions with the concept of metropolis, and ruminations on travel through space and time. 
 
"Understanding what Man From Tomorrow could possibly mean and say to others," Mills writes, "we greatly discussed the ways of how we could go about materializing this in a manner that detaches the subject away from normality. We wanted to show what deep thoughts, dream escapes and unconventional expressions of our future could look, sound and feel like through ever-expanding and dimensional lens of Techno".
 
Director Caux added her take on the film's genesis:
 
“Some time ago, Jeff Mills asked me to make a film with him. Before anything else, and even though I knew his music for two decades, it was first necessary to have a series of conversations with him in order to better identify the subjects that inspired and motivated him the most, as well as his questions and preoccupations. These conversations were even more important because, from the very beginning, we wanted to make a film that would have a certain aesthetic quality, something more than just a portrait in the strictest sense. Consequently, I wanted to be able to imagine images that would be inspired as much by his words as his music. We also agreed to only use images that wouldn’t identify the actual locations - place and time - in which we were in. This film is a playful and visual journey intended to lead us through the music of Jeff Mills in a different way. The first part of the film is entirely without words; through a combination of music and images, it is left up to viewer’s imagination and personal projections to create meaning. It was my desire that music would replace words, in this part of the film, so that the viewer could “penetrate” into the sound."
 
In advance of the film's DVD release, we asked Jeff to take us through his cinematic influences, giving us some insight into the process behind Man of Tomorrow - flick through them on the menu to the left, and watch the trailer for Man of Tomorrow below.
 

 
 

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