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THE AIR WE BREATHE IN PILSEN Dorian Breuer

Documentary Video 10:00 2004 Chicago

The degree to which anyone can directly affect the pollution and corporate waste we live with is usually less than we’d desire. In this short doc, Dorian Breuer takes things into his own hands, both on screen and through the use of his camera. Even the police lend a hand in this direct action response to the toxic “steam” released by H Kramer in the night. Michael Moore, watch out.

FLOODS, GHOSTS AND CONTAMINATION Jenny Stark and Mark Yzaguirre

Documentary 16mm, 14:00 2004

An experimental documentary using the old Mexican folktale of “La Llorona” as narrative thread for the weaving together of disparate corporate disasters inflicted on Texas towns due to governmental and industrial greed. Melodically cut stark and memorable visuals eerily contrast themselves with the silence of the soundtrack in their depiction of the floods caused by damming the Rio Grande and the repercussions of environmental contamination near an old Air Force base in San Antonio.

AMERICAN NUTRIA Matt McCormick

Documentary Video 11:00 2004

Nutria are a large, odd looking rodent from Argentina that where imported to the United States by the fur industry in the 1930’s and 40’s. Now, 60+ years after their introduction to North America, they appear to be on track to eating the entire continent. Nobody really knows how to get rid of them, but there have been some pretty interesting attempts…

MODEL PRISONER Katherin McInnis

Documentary Video 8:00 2003

Using downloaded data, archival footage, original video, as well as 2D and 3D animation; Model Prisoner provocatively examines Joseph Paul Jernigan’s incarceration, execution, and transformation into a dataset while revealing the financial and cultural logic that led to this intersection of medicine and prisons on the infamous Huntsville, Texas death row.

ALICE’S HOUSE Peter Sillen

Documentary Video 14:30 2004

Sillen’s empathetic depiction Alice Bullis captures the decay of the soul as Alice reveals the steady dilapidation of her only remaining possession- her home in Fair Haven, NJ, at once both what she has to live for, and the embodiment of her past. Mrs. Bullis’ narrative is accompanied by the hauntingly poetic images of her thousand wrinkles, falling facades, and increasingly reclusive surroundings.

LOVE AND A ’61 Nick Prevas

Documentary Video 22:00 2003

Where does the line between love for a partner and love for an object get drawn? And when do their positions change? Hinged on his father’s purchase of yet another old Chevy (much to his mother’s dismay) and his sister’s recent engagement, Prevas intimately examines the tense struggles that ensue as selfishness and selflessness vie for position in his family’s back yard. With a soundtrack by John Lee Hooker, this video cuts to the heart of love and sacrifice.

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