Music video for A Quiet Time with Spaceman Sputz by Pavo Pavo.
A Quiet Time With Spaceman Sputz (2016)
Director, camera, editor
Bill and Ted's Excellent Jetée
The love child of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and La Jetée. Made for students in my Fall 2015 Film Genres class at Duke University, whom I asked to remix movie trailers.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Jetée (2015)
Light Shines Forever
A multimedia stage performance weaving together different stories and spaces of mourning and memorial on multiple screens, including: footage of my late father performing stand-up comedy and talking about me on talk shows; a living, local comedian named Grave Digger who does stand-up for his family at funerals; and the construction of a Muslim cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
"Movement arises from stillness, But even in movement there is stillness."
- Li I-Yu, Lost Tai-Chi Classics of the Late Ching Dynasty.
"The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and the strong."
- Laozi, from the Tao Te Ching.
Camera, sound, editor
My Father Was a Comedian
An installation piece on an old Sony Trinitron TV set with a looping video: my own remix of one of my father’s stand-up performances, in which he talks about me as a little girl, cut together with images of his shirts still hanging in my mother’s closet since his death.
My Father Was a Comedian (2012)
Camera, edit, sound, technical installation
A response to Roger Caillois’ 1935 essay “Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia,” which compares insect mimicry, sympathetic magic and psychasthenia in humans, finding in all three a lack of ability to distinguish between oneself and one’s environment—or rather, a relinquishing of such ability.
An exploration of the the tricks screens can play on our eyes, and the ways in which we forget they are there. Of the haunting potential to become absorbed not just in our environment, but to lose touch with what separates us from the represented space in front of us.
On Distinction (2011)
Camera, sound, edit
Entierros y Exhumaciones
Excerpt from a short movie made in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with and about the children and teens who are responsible for the work that goes into caring for and remembering the dead in the city’s municipal cemetery. From cleaning niches and headstones, to changing the water in flower vases, to singing and praying for the dead, the labor of these young people helps to maintain some sort of balance between life and death. My focus was on all the things that are created and generated around the dead—songs, stories, flowers, relationships, and the livelihoods of a group of young people whose families depend on the extra income. In the Cementerio General, death is not punctuation, but the very substance and sustenance of the place, and children as young as seven years old act as the mediators between realms as they try to make a living.
Entierros y Exhumaciones (Burials and Exhumations) (2008)
Director; camera and sound in collaboration with subjects; editor