LAS BREAS (DCP 2K, 12 min, 2019)

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CO-DIRECTED WITH BLUE KRANING

LAS BREAS is an observational portrait of three tar pits, of which there are only six in the entire world. Situated in three distinct landscapes in Southern California – urban Los Angeles, the oil fields of the San Joaquin Valley, and Carpinteria Beach, LAS BREAS investigates the spaces between archiving the pre-historic and the contemporary industrial landscape. While skeletons of extinct megafauna and vintage animatronic beasts are on display in the heart of Hollywood, the sticky remains of ancient microscopic organisms seep to the surface of both land and sea. Of the earth, yet primordial and impenetrable, the bubbling tar that rises from the depths speaks of past extinction and human exploitation of the earth’s limited resources.

SELECTED SCREENINGS:
MoMA Doc Fortnight
Athens International Film and Video Festival
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film and Video Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival
Antimatter Media Art