Glass Jaw

Michael O'Reilly

1991 | 00:14:30 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Diary, Health, Pixelvision

In this impressionistic piece, O’Reilly provides a gripping portrait of personal trauma, while detailing the severe mental and physical confusion following two incidents. In April of 1991, O'Reilly broke his jaw in a biking accident, and in July of that same year he was assaulted and had to undergo brain surgery as a result. The video is breathtaking, as O’Reilly narrates the painful story of his recovery, his problems with Public Aid, and his daily adjustment to pain. Glass Jaw is a powerful contemporary comment on the nature of death and dying, and touches on the politics of the American health care system.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Fesitval, 1992

Videonale Bon, 1993

Dallas Video Festival, 1996