鬼鎮 (Ghosttown), the Glitch Western

jonCates (Jon Cates)

2018 | 01:04:00 | Austria / Taiwan / United States | Chinese, Diné, English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Chicago Art, Indigenous, Landscape, Language, Mental Landscape, Myth, Post-colonialism, Technology

"i am very grateful that my 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) series has shown internationally over the last couple years and is recognized by viewers, reviewers, critics, and curators as doing decolonizing work as a feminist project that queers and glitches the Western genre. 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) questions the quintessentially American Western in the forms of experimental films and games that are made from glitches and noise, pushing boundaries of legibility and tipping over threshold states of stability. Glitch Art is the art of surprise, a gift delivered to us from the ways in which our technological systems behave unpredictably, malfunction, and/or misbehave. Glitch artists capture and perform glitch, glitch affects, and aesthetics. Glitch Western is an idea that i'm putting forward with precedents drawn from the cinematic categories of the Weird Western and the Psychedelic Western. My work is made for all yawl who are excited by expanding, critiquing, and (re)defining the 'Western' genre." - jonCates

written, directed, and edited by: jonCates

starring:
Siera Begaye as Herself
Vanalyne Green as The Voice of the Future Cowgirl
Emily Mercedes Rich as The Cowgirl
Lal Avgen as The Voice of The Cowgirl
林愛真 (Ei Jane Janet Lin) as 來自金山的女孩 (The Girl from Gold Mountain)

original musics by:
Morher (Ambrosia Bartošekulva)
洪梓倪 Hung Tzu-Ni
Cyrus Pireh
Ivor Lane
PREYER (Ebony Miranda and Adam Briggs)
dolphin midwives
That Faithful Engine, and those Blessed Instruments
Josh Spelman-Hall
jonCates

with:
Jeff Kolar, Supervising Sound Designer
Evan Meaney, Lead Interactive Designer and 3D Artist for Computer Generated Environments
Jason Boulware, RED Camera cinematography
Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Decolonizing
Pearl Marie Salas, New Fire inspiration
Joshua Albers, campfire footage
Melissa Myser, Second Unit Director, Rocky Mountains
Jake Elliott, Unity scripting
Emily Kuehn, 3D model wrangler
Sara Goodman, Analog Glitches
Mark Klink, Glitched Skulls
Ian Keaveny, Special Glitch Effects
Kaspar Ravel, Butterfly Glitches
Marcus Thinh Anthony Thibodeau, Locations Manager

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Prizes + Awards

El Festival Internacional de Cine del Imperio Inca

Premiere

Conversations at the Edge
Chicago, IL
2018

Exhibitions + Festivals

Feminist Border Arts
The Wrong Biennale
fubar Glitch Festival

Stream Single Title

Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung