“Sleeping Bear was filmed at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan over the course of three years. The film, which loosely follows the cycle of seasons, is a study of the landscape and an attempt to represent the unique character of this region.” – Films by Jack Cronin

Capturing the titular area of Michigan with a stunning use of black-and-white cinematography, Jack Cronin’s 2010 short film Sleeping Bear is a beautiful work that won the “Best Experimental”, Best Editing-Short”, and “Best Michigan Short Film” awards at the 2011 Detroit Independent Film Festival.

The movie’s visual aesthetic is rooted in the representational style of the nonfiction nature-film, but its abstracted quality lends a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the images. There’s an otherworldly sense about them that suggests not so much a singular or realism-based portrait of a particular place, but more a shifting experience of various spaces as they would be perceived – or remembered – as subjective thoughts or memories in one’s mind.