THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH, FILMSCENE
7:3o PM – Competitive Show #1
Programmed by Christian Carlstrom and Jason Livingston
Handful of Dust
Hope Tucker, USA, 2013, (08:46)
Prussian blue can be used to render images and counteract radiation poisoning. This obituary is composed of sequences of cyanotypes, exposed in the sand using paper sensitized with handmade emulsion and negatives from a 1954 Hollywood film. Rates of cancer in the film’s cast and crew reflect that it was shot downwind during the period of above ground nuclear testing. Handful of Dust, produced in the Utah canyon where the 1954 film was shot, is designed as an antidote to recover the memory of the downwinders.
Frontier Journals 01: Mythologies of the Conquerors
Georg Koszulinski, USA, 2013 (07:44)
The first entry in a series of personal essay videos that explores conceptions of the frontier. The first entry tells of strange encounters with animatronic Indians, performances of displaced ancient traditions, and mass pilgrimages to sacred sights of power and spectacle.
rights of passage
Anna Swanson, USA, 2014 (29:06)
Love propels a young queer filmmaker onto the highway, towards adulthood. Trying to understand herself by recording the sights and sounds around her, she turns her camera towards her lover, but is forced to question the ethics of documentation. A film about intimacy, vulnerability, consent, collaboration, and growing up.
Blunt Force Trauma
Shayna Connelly, USA, 2013 (06:42)
Does witnessing a catastrophe render the world uninhabitable? Blunt Force Trauma explores the incursion of an unimaginable event on everyday experience. The filmmaker gives her account of the mid-air collision between two prop planes over Lake Michigan, inventing stories to minimize the damage on her, other eyewitnesses and the passengers involved in the crash. As time expands and words lose their ability to comfort, she debates whether to stay frozen or continue forward.
Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget
Ben Russell, USA, 2013 (20:00)
John Frum prophesied the occurrence of a cataclysm in which Tanna would become flat, the volcanic mountains would fall & fill the river-beds to form fertile plains, & Tanna would be joined to the neighboring islands of Eromanga & Aneityum to form a new island. Then John Frum would reveal himself, bringing in a reign of bliss, the natives would get back their youth and there would be no sickness; there would be no need to care for gardens, trees or pigs.
Ten Notes On a Summer’s Day
Mike Stoltz, USA, 2012 (04:30)