The Incomplete Histories are part of a long-term cycle of short films, loops and projections entitled The Domain of Ghosts.  
Hidden social truths are excavated from 20th century ephemeral films to reveal social, economic and racial violence, to imagine 
and weave new narratives of resistance.

A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965

                                                        6:45 minutes | 2015
 

A meditative exploration of the violent struggle for independence in southeast Asia and butterfly metamorphosis.  Framed by excerpts from Sylvia Plath's poem "Tulips," A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965reminds us that comfort is a privilege and denial of the suffering of others is not an option.  With a live 1965 performance of Bartok's Solo for Violin 3.

World premiere:  Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

 

 

 

An Incomplete History of the Travelogue, 1925

9.5 minutes | 2012
 

A lyrical essay film that captures the spirit of excess and adventure embodied by The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) in fragments from home movies of a wealthy American family on a Grand Tour of Europe and North Africa.

 

World premiere:  50th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Int'l premiere: Australian Int'l Experimental  Film Festival

 

View at Fandor

An Incomplete History of Pornography, 1979

                                  8 minutes | 2013

In this super 8mm-meets-video mashup, women’s bodies as erotically laboring bodies share the screen with a speculative essay that considers the socio-economic context of porn since the dawn of Reagan and Thatcher. 

 

World premiere:  Directors Lounge, Berlin

US premiere: Chicago Underground Film Festival

 

 

 

Cave Canem 

(in the name of civil defense)

in progress

 

Companions, eyeballs, hunters and guards: dogs as mirrors of and windows onto our fears, as seen in 16mm home movies and other films from the Cold War to Civil Rights era.  Tensions escalate between America and the Soviet Union, between America and her own citizens.  An essay film about pets, families, and what it means to be “safe.”   

 

 

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