Stranger Comes to Town

Jacqueline Goss

2007 | 00:28:30 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Expedition/Travel, Politics

They say there are only two stories in the world: man goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town.

Six people are interviewed anonymously about their experiences coming into the U.S. Each then designs a video game avatar who tells their story by proxy. Goss focuses on the questions and examinations used to establish identity at the border, and how these processes in turn affect one's own sense of self and view of the world.

Stranger Comes to Town re-works animations from the Department of Homeland Security--combining them with stories from the border, impressions from the on-line game "World of Warcraft," and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange. 

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Prizes + Awards

Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film

Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2007- Honorable Mention

The 19th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, 2007



International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2007

Exhibitions + Festivals

Wisconsin Film Festival, 2009

Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2007

Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2007


Transmediale Festival (Germany), 2007


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