ownerbuilt

2013 | 00:48:53 | United States | English | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: African-American, Animation, Performance, Race

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Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing aftermath destroyed Noel's community and home. He is rebuilding, and as he rebuilds, he evokes the past through the enlistment of his personal archives. His memories are complicated by the tragic events that occurred on the Danziger Bridge on September 4th 2005. As Noel reflects back on what has been lost, the story that he tells about his neighborhood is affected by the story of innocent people gunned down while attempting to cross a bridge in search of safety, and for Noel their plight clarify many things.

Noel is performing his story, motivated by a collection of photographs that prompt him to recount events from his past and present. An implied author performs Noel who performs others, who themselves are performing with varying degrees of self-consciousness. And in this manner a performative documentary comes into being.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Premiere

Roxbury International Film Festival
Boston, MA
2013

Exhibitions + Festivals

Visible Evidence, Sweden, 2013

Mill Valley Film Festival, USA, 2013

Roxbury International Film Festival, USA, 2013

Dallas Video Festival, USA, 2013

Santa Cruz Film Festival, USA, 2013

Experiments in Cinema v9.72 Festival, USA, 2014

Center For Documentary Arts and Research, University of California Santa Cruz, USA, 2014

VOCAL PROJECTIONS: DOCUMENTARY AND THE VOICE, Conference University of Surrey, UK, 2014