Film and Video Projects (selected)

  1. The Ordinary Video Series consists of 50 short haiku-like/minimalist observational documentaries that explore the intersections between digital media, nature, consumer culture, nothingness and socially constructed spaces. The HD videos were shot spontaneously on my consumer grade mobile Smartphone between 2013-2016. The works are non-narrative and seek to explore atmospheres and subtleties; thus moving beyond traditional storytelling and documentary conventions. The videos often (but not always) deploy a long take aesthetic with minimal editing and effects. Some of the pieces utilize natural sound, while others are silent and/or include experimental scores composed by Brad Decker, Obsolete Synthesis and others.

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2. Film. is an instrumental post-rock band from Kanazawa City, Japan. I saw them perform regularly in Kanazawa between 2002-2004 at a small club called MeroMero Pochi and later became friends with the band.  This is a music video for their song Sanctuary from the album Sora (2014) released on the Japanese label Tokei. Camera by Scott Gable and editing and direction by David Gracon. Shot on location in Niagara Falls, NY. Completed fall 2014. “Film” is Masaru Chi: Guitar Tomonari Matsubara: Guitar Akira Yamamoto: Drums (support) Takashi Wakasugi: Bass.

3. Walls of Sound — A Look Inside the House of Records, 2012, 63 min.  This project examines the cultural significance of the House of Records, an independent record store based in Eugene, Oregon since 1972.

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4. Imperial Tourism, 2001, 28 min, MA Thesis.  This in an experimental documentary exploring the post-colonial implications of cultural representation, globalization and the English language in contemporary Poland.

5. Unreal is Here, 2000, 3 min.  Experimental video dealing with the hyper reality of contemporary media and spectacle of entertainment programming.

6. She Paints Me (2000), 1 min.  A short experimental film about disconnection and loss.

 

7. The 12th Man. (1997/2008 re-edit), 4 min.  A short documentary exploring the fan culture of the Buffalo, Bills.

Other Works:

Where the Cicadas Sing, 2006, 20 min.  A found-footage (shot by David Tatsuno) meditation on the interment of Japanese-Americans in Topaz, Utah during WWII.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? 2004, 23 min.  A diaristic account of a two-week “Reality Tour” through modern day Vietnam.

Where the Eagles Soar, 2003, 7 min.  A surreal documentation of a packaged tour of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.

Flower Viewing in Tokyo, 2003, 3 min. A documentary video comparing homelessness and the tradition of flowing viewing in Tokyo, Japan.

Nomachi Sports Day, 2003, 6 min. Documentary of a Japanese sports day competition.

Portrait of a Protest, 2002, 7 min.  Documentary of the FTAA Rally that occurred in Buffalo, NY.

The Elevator, 2002 1 min.  Experimental representation of the 9-11 tragedy.

How Memory Works, 2001, 8 min.  Abstract video and audio collage exploring the limitations of memory and recollection.

Breaking the Chain, 2001, 3 min.  Experimental video and audio appropriation challenging the cultural construction of gender and sexuality.

We Ride Bikes!, 2000, 8 min.  A documentation of Buffalo’s first critical mass bicycle ride.

A Star is Born, 1999, 20 min., Senior Thesis.  Documentary exploring the complexities of gender construction at a student beauty pageant.

 

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