Doug Ischar, Tom Daws

2011 | 00:11:04 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Death and Dying, European Film/Video, History, Literature, Portrait, Religion/Spirituality

CB is an experimental bio-pic: its heroine, Charlotte Brontë. A collaboration between Doug Ischar and Tom Daws, CB was commissioned by the Laumeier Museum, St. Louis, for their inaugural Nightlight series.

The film was inspired by a 1976 audio recording of a séance with Charlotte Brontë, of which the film makes ample use. But the séance audio is merely the tip of the affective iceberg as its heroine turns out to have an emotional--not to mention intellectual--life of epic proportions. Her searing letters--another primary element in the video--throw the eerie platitudes of the séance into razor-sharp relief and disclose a 19th Century woman whose brief life was both an artistic triumph and a relentless battle against grief, loss, and despair. Her dark moments--confided in her letters--drove the film far beyond the initial ambitions of its makers. CB uses footage from a 1947 Hollywood production of Jane Eyre--co-staring a very young Elizabeth Taylor (un-credited)--to augment enactments of scenes inspired by the ambiguous nature--both conversation with the dead and univocal performance--of the séance audio.

Starring Erin Leland, Charlotte Geissler, Jalyn Mosely, and Gwendolyn Geisler; cinematography by Mike Gibisser; concept, research, editing and direction by Doug Ischar and Tom Daws.

--Iceberg Projects, 2010

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.

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Laumeier Museum
St. Louis, MO

Exhibitions + Festivals

Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2012

Seoul International Film Festival, 2012