VINELAND (DV, 10min, 2009)
VINELAND is a short experimental documentary filmed at the last drive-in movie theater in Los Angeles, located in a desolate area called the City of Industry. Floating within a backdrop of smokestacks, beacon towers, and passing trains, dislocated Hollywood images filled with apocalyptic angst are re-framed and reflected through car windows and mirrors as the displacement of the radio broadcast soundtrack collides with the projections upon and surrounding the multiple screens. In VINELAND, the nocturnal landscape is seen as a border zone aglow with dreamlike illusions revealing overlapping realities at the intersection of nostalgia and alienation.
"...A spectral quality characterizes all the images and sounds, both those that emanate from the screen in the night sky, and those of the surrounding cityscape. Vineland speaks quietly and eloquently of fantasized image-making, of the sheer presence and scale of Hollywood’s imposition on the landscape, both that of the nation and the one in our minds." - Tony Pipolo, Millenium Film Journal
The City is Cinema Jury Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde
La Casa Encendida (Madrid), "Los Ángeles Confidencial"
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Athens International Film and Video Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Cinéma du Réel, "Night Has Many Eyes"
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Antimatter Film Festival
Rencontres Internationale Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Los Angeles Filmforum, "New Urban Observations"
Millenium Film Workshop, NYC
Wisconsin Film Festival
Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY, "Near and Dear"
Crossroads, San Francisco Cinematheque
Sheffield Fringe Festival
Uplink Factory, Tokyo
Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires
Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
REDCAT, Los Angeles
Swiss Film Archive