Have you ever woken from a deep sleep, totally lucid but unable to move? Devil in the Room explores this space between dream and reality, explaining the science and history behind sleep paralysis, a mystifying and often terrifying phenomenon in which dreams intrude upon waking life. Through evocative stop-motion animation and puppets, the film recreates these waking dreams, bringing vividly to life spiders that seem to crawl out from under the bed, and the feeling of a monstrous presence lurking just out of sight. Weaving together such personal experiences of sleep paralysis with scientific analysis of the phenomenon, this fantastical and probing documentary demolishes the boundaries between imagination and science, between dream and reality.
- Director Biography:
A filmmaker and interdisciplinary producer with a background in technology and education, Carla MacKinnon recently graduated from an Animation MA at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2009, she founded Rich Pickings, an occasional live event that brings together filmmakers with practitioners in science and the humanities with the aim of broadening perspectives. A particularly brutal spate of sleep paralysis prompted her to initiate the Sleep Paralysis Project and led to her making the short film Devil in the Room, which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Cineglobe International Film Festival at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva in March 2014.
- Director: Carla MacKinnon
- Producer: James Mullighan
- Cinematographer: Alfred Thirolle, Hugh Gordon
- Original Music: Dominc De Grande
- Narrated by : Prof. Chris French
- Running Time: 8 minutes
- Language: English
- Website: www.thesleepparalysisproject.org