Kate McCabe
Experimental Video 79:00 2006 World Premiere

“Sabbia is a desert trip inspired by the music of Brant Bjork (former member of Kyuss and Fu Manchu) and visualized by Kate McCabe. Evoking the immeasurable desert landscape and old ghosts of a dusty past, the film beautifully weaves together a tapestry of perfect moments and a raw rock-n-roll way of life. As a form of psychedelic documentary, the film explores the musical wilderness of a weird and sexy Southern California wasteland. Sabbia presents the landscape’s vast sense of space and time

and like a mirage, reveals the magic of desert music, art, and soul.

The vastness of the deserts, their sweep and scope and giant emptiness waiting to be filled with raw sound, has always been a prominent theme in Bjork’s music, and it finds suitable expression in McCabe’s airy, untethered visualizations of those parts of California where ‘wasted’ describes the landscape instead of the people. Conjuring in bits and pieces everything from Van Sant¹s Gerry to Wilfred Thesiger¹s Arabian Sands, Bjork & McCabe¹s Sabbia crowds the empty desert with sights and sounds that seem not so

much natural as inevitable.” ­ Los Angeles Film Forum


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