An in-progress version of the first in the Alternative Strategies series, Handmade Home, will screen at Anthology Film Archives in a memorial screening series of Robert Nelson’s work. Alternative Strategies #1: Handmade Home is a brief documentary about the house built by Nelson and William T. Wiley in the forests of Mendocino County, California.
More work-in-progress: stills from The Counter, a short video originally conceived as one part of a gallery installation, currently undergoing re-editing with an eye toward making a stand-alone single channel piece. The Counter deals with the relationship between words and numbers, abstract signifiers and concrete objects.
A 3-part, 24-minute version of “Exorcism of Metaphor,” an in-progress 5-part video installation, was on display at the 6th annual Brakhage Symposium. Each section consists of one year’s worth of metaphors and similes extracted from quotes in the New York Times Book Review “100 Notable Books” and rephotographed, hand manipulated Hollywood imagery.
I’ve just returned from a trip to the Açores, Portugal, filming sites on the islands related to my family’s history, landscapes remembered and misremembered from stories about “the old country” I grew up hearing. Hot tip: security at the Lisbon airport ain’t about to hand check your film unless you can show them a letter from INAC (Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil), a fact that I’d have figured out earlier if my Portuguese was a bit better.
This project should debut November 30 at a graduate student showcase as part of the First Person Cinema series; it was supported by a Beverly Sears grant from the CU Boulder Graduate School.
I’ve been pretty disappointed that remnants of railroads once traveling from Boulder deep into the mountains are gone for the most part without a trace (see Switzerland Trail post). So I was quite excited recently to find, via a bike ride filming adventure down Valmont, this lot belonging to the Boulder County Railway Historical Society, offering up a bit of a connection to long gone lines.