THE FEVER OF THE WESTERN NILE
Summer passings observed the enigmatic West Nile malady steal its way into the minds and forests of Winnipeg wanderers, casting its feverish amnesia spell; immobilizing wooded creatures collectively pleading to be cured and released of their infirmity. A cautious wanderer disregards her own ailment to aid the others as best she can; however the forest hosts its own fevers.
The Fever of the Western Nile was initially commissioned by Barcelona based curator and artist Sigismond DeVajay for a multi-city, Eastern European installation based upon the subject of “the raven.”
The Film was conceived as a loosely based “sequal” to FILM(knout) featuring Sharon A. Johnson (originally credited as Jenovia Tretiak) reprising her lead role. As well as performing, the multi-talented Sharon A. Johnson built all of the ravens within the film.
The seven imaged sequence of the character sitting beside herself was done in camera.
The Fever of the Western Nile is Dawson’s first film to be edited digitally.