County Down

Laura Parnes

2012 | 01:09:08 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Consumer culture, Family, Technology

County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, digital video, exploring an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community, coinciding with a teenage girl’s invention of a designer drug. A rave-culture period-piece that harnesses the unwarranted optimism of the 1990s, County Down presents a society so obsessed with novelty and consumerism that it euphorically sews the seeds of its own destruction. Tracking the genesis of our current political climate, the ensemble cast banks on cultural appropriation and a constant din of micro-aggressions. These characters seem to have no inner life, their actions guided by clever quips lifted from horror and science fiction. Mentored by video games and coming-of-age films, they enact an addictive world of depressive excess.

The multigenerational cast of downtown performers and artists includes: Chloe Bass, Becca Blackwell, Ellen Cantor, Patty Chang, Marti Domination, Nicole Eisenman, Jim Fletcher, Andy Haynes, William Powhida, Emily Roysdon, Kate Valk, Stephanie Vella and Sacha Yanow. The soundtrack and musical arrangements are by Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre, and also includes music by JD Samson, Wynne Greenwood, Long Hind Legs, and Lesbians On Ecstasy. Costumes and Styling are by GGrippo.

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Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions + Festivals

Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, 2013

International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2013

The Kitchen, NY