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POV: The Edge Of Dreaming

Airs Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Promotional image of characters from "The Edge Of Dreaming" by Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie. Follow a year in the life of Hardie, whose dreams of her own imminent death bring her research into an increasingly emotional space.

Hardie Interview

Watch a video interview filmmaker Amy Hardie did at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and then read our more recent interview in which she talks about her family's reaction to her dream, her shamanic journey and the link between science and art.

Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When one night she dreamed her horse was dying, only to wake and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as coincidental. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 — the next year. When Hardie does get ill, just as the dream predicted, her search takes her to neuroscience and finally a shaman. “The Edge Of Dreaming” is an evocative, intimate chronicle of that year and a fascinating investigation into the human subconscious.

“This film actually began nine years ago, when my mother died unexpectedly,” says Hardie. “I knew I needed to learn about death and, as a filmmaker specializing in science documentaries, I committed myself to filming every aspect of my investigation. Then came my dreams, which gave the film a new urgency and propelled it into a more emotional and poetic space. I realized I was really in danger — and that I had to get back inside my dream in order to change the dream.”

"The Edge Of Dreaming" will be streaming online from August 25, 2010 through November 24, 2010. This is a production of Amy Hardie/Passion Pictures/Hardworking Movies.

Video

Trailer: POV: The Edge Of Dreaming

Above: Filmmaker Amy Hardie’s investigation into the human subconscious when her dreams become reality. pbs.org/pov/edgeofdreaming