more athttp://www.zaldivar.info

SHIFT is a 5 minute short film  constructed of over 10,000 (ten thousand) photographs taken over a year and a half.

SHIFT follows the life of a character who is born from a tree and whose face is stolen by a wild dog. After wandering the landscape reflecting its environment,  looking for home, our character's vision returns in an unsuspecting turn of events.

SHIFT is a visual conversation between video artist/filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldivar (Cuba) and sculptor Anja Marais (South Africa), both of whom emigrated to the U.S. and whose creative thrust is fueled by internal journeys, transformation and our relationships to our bodies as well as to our environments.


Through this film, the artists invite you to accept new ways to be and to co-exist despite our loses and limitations.

The film also speaks to our new condition as contemporary nomads. As new technologies allow us to drift into other cultures and realities, often in anonymity, we walk a tense line as we figure out our relationship to the stories around us and to ourselves.


SHIFT is a short film poem inspired by our human search for identity (personal, cultural or otherwise) and by the power of transforming conflict and horror into a beauty that is all our own.

Title: SHIFT

Running time: 5 minutes

Completion date:

March 2012



Stereo sound (no dialogue)

[Can be available as a DCP with surround sound]

SHIFT Photos


March 2012

Production Stills

Dec 2011

SHIFT music

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News (newest to oldest):

Knight Arts Bloghttp://www.knightarts.org/community/miami/art-meshes-with-dance-on-film
Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/22/3882488/screendance-miami-festival-explores.html
MOCA North Miami
    Pivot Pointshttp://mocanomi.org/2013/03/mocas-15th-anniversary-collection/
NBC Miamihttp://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/niteside/NiteTalk-Juan-Carlos-Zaldivar-Strikes-an-Optic-Nerve-at-MOCA-169221046.html
Hoffpost Miamihttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/zaldivar-marais-shift_n_1245021.html
Miami New Timeshttp://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2012/09/optic_nerve_film_festival_retu.php