Dodging Raindrops – A Separate Reality

Cyrill Lachauer

Dodging Raindrops – A Separate Reality is an episodic experimental film, in which documentary and staged scenes intertwine in a mythic-apocalyptic narrative. The film begins in Los Angeles und retraces the field trips into the Southwest assumed to have been taken by the controversial anthropologist Carlos Castaneda, a founder of the New Age movement. Taking up the anthropological concept of othering, the film casts its subjects as others inhabiting another side, another reality and another opposite. In doing so, Dodging Raindrops – A Separate Reality weaves a web of ostensible truths and untruths, of legends and utopias, of historic incidents and visions.




Eureka Break, Rafael Lopez García, Scott Thomas Lowe, Drawz Eric Romero and friends, S. from Fresno, Ferdinandus Ludovicus VanEeten


Crew & Production

Editor Antje Engelmann

Narrator and narrative adviser „Barrit“ Arthur Harriman

Sound Design and Mix Gábor Ripli

Color Grading Unai Rosende

Post production coordination Michel Balagué

Mastering and Postproduction Volte Film

Narrator recorded by Robert Willis

Whispering Matze Görig

Film Processing Spectra Film & Video, Los Angeles

Film Scan Korn Manufaktur, Berlin

Filmed during an artist in residence at Villa Aurora, Los Angeles

Funding and support


Produced with generous support from Ingvild Goetz, Sammlung Goetz

Markus Hannebauer, fluentum Collection

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

and in cooperation with Berlinische Galerie,

Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst

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