Films

Starting with footsteps, WALKING THE TUNDRA is a rich collage film that uses a variety of experimental film techniques drawing upon the history of the American Avant-Garde. It captures a moment in thought, using modern methods of transportation metaphorically and ending with footsteps thus completing a circle.

“This block of film could be described: a city scape – above trees / the human is: buzz cold / in vision / steps down from its / train.” – J. Writer

“The layering of hand-painted and photographic images is impressive.” – Stan Brakhage

A hand-painted film inspired by Medieval stained glass and the paintings of Chagall. Enigmatic in form, I, ZUPT 49 is a spiritual journey through consciousness.

“A beautiful film.” – Ernie Gehr

A hand-painted film inspired high gothic stained glass and the discovery of a baby star cluster in the Crab Nebula; a concomitant, cosmic journey through consciousness and space.

A companion film to WALKING THE TUNDRA. It is a meditation on modernity. In a way it is an attempt to go below the surface of the street to find water. Water in this case being spiritual gasoline. But, just as the construction workers of the film have discovered only rubbish and dust, so does the filmmaker. The water he seeks appears to us as red or blue flickerings that give temporal relief from modernity’s contrasting extremities.

Originally released as a silent film in 1996, DUST OF THE WATER/105 now has a soundtrack created in 2020 by Old Million Eye (Brian Lucas). The film can be viewed with sound or as silent.

Part 1 of the HANGOOK TRILOGY and shot on expired Kodak Ektachrome 7242, CHEONG JU is named after the South Korean city I lived in for over a year. It is a time capsule with a choreographed editing style that flows like a market vendor cutting fish and a child chasing pigeons in a park. Lush in pastels, it portrays the subtle and not so subtle rhythms of daily life in a small Korean city.

Part 2 of the HANGOOK TRILOGY, NE3 is play between gestured camera strokes and the harsh geometry of neon signs.

“An exquisite interpretation of Korean night life.” – Oh Man Bok

Part 3 of the HANGOOK TRILOGY, OL SHE GU is a cine-graph (shot on expired Kodak Ektachrome 7242) of a Korean traditional drum and dance performance called Salmulnoree. Salmulnoree literally translated means a four-instrument song. During the breaks in the performance, the Salmulnoree group will urge the audience to say “ol she gu” (you rock): hence the title of the film. Thanks to Kim Dok Soo Salmulnoree.

Shot in Ha Noi, Vietnam in 2001 and edited in 2019, HA NOI A GO GO is an homage to Oskar Fischinger’s “Walking from Munich to Berlin.”

Inspired by Man Ray and Hans Richter, LE TEBO 3 is an organic attempt to revisit the values and aesthetics of the French Avant Garde using images from daily life from suburban Pennsylvania and Ha Noi, Vietnam.

Soundtrack by Old Million Eye

* Due to the Coronavirus, I have uploaded the digital edit, while I wait to get 16mm prints of the film.