A reflection on the near and the far, the past and present, Promenade observes a series of movements and interactions on a renovated section of the Marseille waterfront. Recorded during two years, the film depicts the new life of a commercial shipping pier recently converted into a public esplanade and the site of two imposing modern buildings over the course of a single day. Before daybreak, the space is nearly empty. Sunrise prompts a start to daily activities—boats arrive, fishermen cast out their lines, the first timid tourists line up outside of a new museum. During the day, a cast of itinerant vendors, swimmers, fishermen, and other locals circle around the J4’s new visitors and buildings, eventually reclaiming the space at night.
Philip Cartelli’s film and video works have been exhibited, among others, at the Festival del film Locarno, Edinburgh International Film Festival, FIDMarseille and The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s non-fiction showcase Art of the Real. He holds a PhD in Media Anthropology with a secondary emphasis in Critical Media Practice from Harvard University, where he was a member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab. He currently teaches filmmaking at Wagner College in New York City, where he is also co-director of the Film and Media Studies program.