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Across and Down

Lori Felker 2012
USA | Format: Super 8 & 16mm transferred to HD | color | sound | 18:30 minutes

Everything is free to cross our paths. Every moment is therefore complex and contradictory, full of randomness and serendipity. In order to make sense of it all, we participate, sample and capture…then we play it all back and try to finish the puzzles… discovering lists of disconnected thoughts as they reveal their similarities letter by letter, frame by frame.

In September of 2009, I traveled to Uganda to be the cinematographer for a documentary at a primary school, but had brought some of my own equipment so that I could make a more personal record of my trip. I wandered around, collecting samples from a place that was new to me, tracing the outlines of a vibrant tapestry, digging into the ground with my lens, sometimes attracting an audience (turn crew), always invited into visually stunning locations and situations. This film represents 6 in-camera edited rolls of film, interwoven with the text, macro-images and found poetry of Ugandan crossword puzzles.  The use of language and “the frame” help to comment on the simultaneous simplicity, complexity and serendipity of perceiving and acting in a new place. It’s a testament to one’s inability to fill in all of the blanks, make singular statements, and truly “capture” anything.—L.F.

Screening as part of the program Puzzling Evidence

Venue: Howard Gilman Theater

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