Feet in Water, Head on Fire


2023 | 90 Min | 16mm - DCP 

Press Kit


Terra Long’s feature debut is a breathtaking portrait of California’s Coachella Valley that is both anchored in the specifics of place and community, while freely exploring the limits of cinematic time and space. Shaped by seismic forces of the San Andreas Fault, the Coachella Valley is home to an agricultural community built around the date palm trees introduced to the region in the early 1900s. Today, the land and its people face combined threats from economic upheaval, US immigration policy and climate change. With an elliptical grace, Long’s film spans vast expanses of geological time and sweeping desert landscapes into extreme close-ups of the region’s plant and insect life, where microscopic views of cellular biology trace intimate stories of human connection. Beautifully shot on 16mm film and featuring hand-processing techniques that incorporate plants native to the Coachella Valley into the film, Long’s documentary is grounded in place even on a material level. - JC


Directed + Camera | Terra Long
Produced + Written | Mireya Martinez,
Sharlene Bamboat + Terra Long
Written with | Daniela Uribe
Edit | Kaija Siirala + Terra Long
Sound Design + Mix | Richy Carey
Additional Camera | Alisha Tejpal

Selected Press:

A Great Divide, Reverse Shot
Ode to the Natural World, VOX
The Road to Mecca, Cinema Scope
Palm Trees, Persian Myths, and Pageantry POV Magazine

Selected Screenings:

True / False Film Festival, US
First Look MoMI, US
Hot Docs, Canada
DOXA, Canada 
DokuFest, Kosovo 
Black Canvas Film Festival, Mexico
Dok Leipzig, Germany
Unorthodocs Wexner Center, US 
IDFA, Netherlands
RIDM, Montreal Canada