Synopsis: The sea is quietly surging, more and more each year, slipping its poison salt into the soil. Originally created for the stage, ‘Salt in the Soil’ is a response to the sea slowly rising and saltwater intrusion in forests. Often killing large areas of trees, “ghost forests” are spreading at a rapid pace due to the effects of climate change and extreme weather in coastal forests. Some of the worst damage remains out-of-sight in rural areas away from cities and daily consciousness. Re-imagining this work as a dance film allowed the choreography to be captured amongst the dead and dying trees of Botany Bay, South Carolina.
Niav Conty’s films span darkly humorous investigations of the transgressive and taboo, intimate and troubling coming-of-age portraits, and cutting-edge Machinima. She is an active freelance director, cinematographer and screenwriter in New York City.
She has been Director of Photography for dozens of films including 7 features, both doc and fiction. Her award winning films have traveled to festivals worldwide. She is a recipient of the Kodak Award for cinematography, and the 2013 Princess Grace Award.