Heron 1954 - 2002 (2022)
a visual eulogy inspired by the phenomena of makeshift memorials and small gestures of mourning. Honoring the life of a loved one who died due to an accidental opioid overdose, the film materializes the process of overdue bereavement by invoking a fragmented presence at the periphery of the mind. The use of a scanner and 16mm film produces soft-focused images of broken glass and debris, the warped image of a man's face shifting in place, balancing between the beautiful and the grotesque. A trio of still-lifes serves as an offering to the departed in the form of his favorite brand of cigarettes, flowers, and a bronze figurine of the film's namesake, Heron. The film score blends streetscapes, sirens, mechanical whirring, and various synthesized choral textures into a lush ambient dirge.
Color, 16mm film to 4K, experimental.
Total runtime 4:10 (16 second excerpt).
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (2022 - 2023)
Athens International Film + Video Festival, 2023
The Nightingale Projects, Gene Siskel Film Center, 2023
Onion City Experimental Film Festival, 2023
Cucalorus Film Festival, 2022
Houston Cinema Arts Festival, 2022
Engauge Experimental Film Festival, 2022
Unorthodocs 2022, Wexner Center for the Arts, 2022
AntiMatter [Media Art], 2022
Prismatic Ground, Maysles Documentary Center, 2022
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, 2022
Heron 1954 - 2002 was originally conceived
as a single-channel public installation.
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