A MODEL FAMILY IN A MODEL HOME
HD video Color Sound 22 minutes 2015

Fleeing from the Nazis, Bertolt Brecht arrived in Los Angeles in 1941. This film is inspired by notes for movie that he based on an article in Life Magazine called A Model Family in a Model Home. It explores Brecht’s ideas about working people and the home as a stage upon which larger political and social forces are played out.

View the film and discover more about the larger project that it is part of at A World Redrawn

2 Marxists

TWO MARXISTS IN HOLLYWOOD
HD video Color Sound 26 minutes 2015
Cast: Bryan Yoshi Brown, Ben Taylor

In 1930 Russian avant-garde filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein spent six months in Los Angeles under contract with Paramount. A decade later German playwright and theater director Bertolt Brecht, a refugee from Nazi Germany, lived there from 1941 to 1947. Both set out to make films in Hollywood on their own terms. Working in the world's most famous factory of dreams, they believed that artists must call into question the way we understand our world.They wanted to make art that was both radical and popular.

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GLASS HOUSE
HD video black and white Sound 21 minutes 2015
Cast: Kate Valk, Jim Fletcher

A film based on Sergei Eisenstein’s notes and drawings for a science fiction movie that he pitched to Paramount Studios in 1930. Its theme is the architecture of surveillance.

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Commune film

THE DAYS OF THE COMMUNE
HD Video Color, Sound, 2 hours 35 minutes, 2012

In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform "The Days of the Commune" a play by Bert Brecht in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first great Occupation in modern history. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired us to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City.

Discover more about the Paris Commune and see the film at The Days of the Commune

THE CONEY ISLAND AMATEUR PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY - DREAM FILMS 1926-1972
16mm B/W and Color 40 minutes
These films come from the archvie of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and were first exhibited publically in an exhibition to celebrate the centennial of Freud's visit to Coney Island.

This elusive Society has often been thought of as an urban myth. Each year memebers held a competition in which members re-enacted their dreams on film. These films can be thought of as a record of the hopes fears and fantasies of a changing cross section of those that made up the fabric of Coney Island, from immigrant Jews and Italians to wealthy bohemians to young gay men exploring their sexuality in the 1960’s. More information on the Society and a DVD of the films can be found in this book available through Amazon

Click here to see see the films online and learn more about the Society

augustine

CHARMING AUGUSTINE
Stereoscopic 16mm B/W Film Sound 40 minutes 2005.
Cast: Tea Alagic, Greg Mehrten, Josh Stark, Steven Rattazi, Kevin Maher, Eileen White, Eliza Fernbach. Original Music: Miguel Frasconi

Augustine was the most extensively photographed of the young women hysterics at the Salpêtrière in Paris of the 1870's She was 'the Sarah Bernhardt' of the asylum. This is her story.

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A demo DVD (not in 3D) may be purchased from Amazon.

claireAndDon

CLAIRE AND DON IN SLUMBERLAND
16mm Film/3D Slide/Sync Sound performance. 37 minutes. 2002
Cast:Emily McDonell, Josh Stark

A projection performance that lurches between the monstrous and the ludicrous. Guided by sounds from two 1949 psychology films: HYPNOTIC BEHAVIOUR and UNCONSCIOUS MOTIVATION wafting over the airwaves, Claire and Don find themselves uncontrollably acting out post war America’s fears and anxieties.

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shadow

SHADOW LAND OR LIGHT FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Stereoscopic 16mm B/W Film Sound 32 minutes. 2000
Cast: Kate Valk,Paul Lazar, Gen Ken Montgomery, Luna Montgomery,Shelley Hirsch.

A 3D film based on the 1897 autobiography of Elizabeth D’Espérance, a materialization medium who could produce full body apparitions.

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A demo DVD (not in 3D) may be purchased from Amazon.

mechanical

A MECANICAL MEDIUM
Performance for Model B Kodascope16mm projector, Stereo Slide projector, 78 rpm phonograph, Tri Signal Toy telegraph Unit and other sound making machines.One hour. 1999
A collaboration with sound artist Gen Ken Montgomery.

Few people know that Edison spent the last ten years of his life attempting to build an apparatus to communicate with the dead, in his words, a mechanical medium. Though his device was never found, we will attempt, in the spirit of his enquiry to do the impossible, to conjure up phantoms, to glimpse the hereafter.

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lost

LOST

A performance for stereo slides, hand-cranked projector and 78 rpm gramaphone records. 20 minutes 1995

A document of everyday life on New York's Lower East Side. To paraphrase Walter Benjamin; a spectacle not of life remembered but of life forgotten. Like dream images these cinematic fragments are hieroglyphic clues to a past illuminated at the very moment of its disappearance.

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knowledge

A TRIP TO THE LAND OF KNOWLEDGE
16mm B/W and Color Sound 65 minutes 1994
Cast: Kate Valk, David Patrick Kelly

A young girl escapes from her drab black and white reality into Kodachrome fantasy only to find herself face to face with her worst fears. Juxtaposing documentary footage of my old high school in Scotland with found home movies and staged melodrama, the film describes what if feels like to be anadolescent girl. Pressured by parents and teachers, she refuses to fulfil their expectations experiencing the scary awakening of sexuality as her body grows out of control.

underwater

LIFE UNDERWATER
An hour long B/W 16mm Film/3D Side/Music live-performance. 1994
A collaboration with composer John Cale, commissioned by The Arts at St. Ann's

"There is the mariner. Ready for the sea. Where his footsteps will not beheard, nor leave their mark, so much lost in time...." So begins Cale's story of a sailor forever in flight from his youth. The imagery is very much inspired by the frozen landscape of 19th century stereo views, and the birth of cinema; a vain attempt to recapture those first moments when the depiction of the world began to move.

wonderland

WONDERLAND USA
35mm B/W Film 6 minutes 1989
Cast: John Cale, Eszter Balint, Taylor Mead, Everett Quinton

Lured by a lonely writer, Alice finds herself falling into a wonderland ofdecadence and despair; a New York nether world of lost souls and cut-rate charlatans hawking broken dreams and cheap perversions. Set in the ruins of Coney Island and Times Square, the film brings to life the underside of Lewis Caroll's classic.

nightmare NIGHTMARE ANGEL
16mm B/W Film 30 minutes 1986
Cast: Bill Moseley, Audrey Matson, James Selby
Producer and co-director: Susasn Emerling

A film inspired by J.G. Ballard's novel Crash.