Listening to the Moon


A short experimental film that explores our ancient and complex relationship with the Moon, Moonrise is a striking, surreal montage of historical, artistic and scientific lunar imagery. The film invites us to consider the Moon’s point of view in the face of increasingly exploitative human activity in space.

A Press Kit can be downloaded here.

For more information, please visit the Moonrise website at

Director and Editor Rowena Potts Writer and Producer Ceridwen Dovey Original Music Bronwyn Cumbo Sound Design Annie Breslin Sound Mix Peter Johnson Color Roen Davis

© Image courtesy of Andrea Valtolina

Festivals and Screenings


St. Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne (2021)

Selected for the short film festival and screened in Melbourne and online (May, 2021).


Slow Canoe Live Journal, Melbourne

Slow Canoe is a live journal event and publication, curated by Anna Thwaites and Oliver Driscoll, presenting works of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, film, sound and imagery. 


Bunjil Place Outdoor Screen Program, Melbourne

Museum of the Moon
June 26 - July 4 2021

Selected to screen as part of a curated program for Museum of the Moon, a giant replica of the moon created by UK artist Luke Jerram, installed at Bunjil Place in Melbourne. 


Mimesis Documentary Festival, Boulder, Colorado

August 4-10, 2021

Selected to screen as part of the Biomythophilia block of documentary shorts: a diverse group of documentaries linked by the theme of sustainability, exploring ideas of mythical communion with the land and others, the search for scientific and eco-existential answers, more-than-human solidarity, and the rejection of human exceptionalism. 


Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Making Space for the Social Sciences

August 17, 2021

Screened as part of a panel discussion titled Sensemaking about Space.


2021 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize finalist


2021 Antenna Documentary Festival (Sydney)


2021 Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden)


Screened as part of Performance Space's Live Futures: Remapping Ecologies with panel discussion, curated by Holly Williams

October, 2021 | Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021

As the inevitability of global warming becomes impossible to ignore and human-caused extinctions become widespread, how might the body-centred practices of the deep ecology movement, activist interventions and the work of contemporary artists inform where we go from here? 

How can we reinstate different relationships between humans and the network of animals, organisms, weather and environment that we are inextricably connected to? How can we constructively meet the grief, fear, rage and guilt that marks this time? Where might hope lie?

LIVE FUTURES is a series of curated public conversations that explore the pivotal role of artists in defining the new civic life we are entering, in a sustained period of disruption and change.


Calcutta International Short Film Festival 2021

The vision of the Calcutta International Short Film Festival is to create a dynamic platform to acknowledge the filmmaking efforts of independent filmmakers and showcase their best stories to the cinephiles in India and around the globe.


Imagine Science Film Festival (New York City, October 2022)

Imagine Science Film Festival is an annual science film festival in New York since 2008 that takes all across the city in diverse venues, including cinemas, universities and museums. The organization also hosts a series of satellite events worldwide, and serves as a major venue for the release of singular and bold works bridging the worlds of science and film. We also seek to challenge and expand the role of science in the current cultural discourse by providing a forum for adventurous interdisciplinary collaboration.


Revelation Perth International Film Festival (2022)

Revelation includes over 200 international films presented at cinemas and bars across Perth and Fremantle. Combined with our moving image art collaborations at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Revelation attracts around 22,000 patrons and 50 national and international guests over 13 days.


Sydney Science Festival | Powerhouse Space Imaginaries Symposium (2022)

Rowena & Ceridwen spoke on a panel about art, ethics and emotion in outer space, and screened clips from Moonrise as well as other films in progress from their Archival Futures of Outer Space film quartet.


Down Under Berlin Australian & NZ Film Festival (2022)