Stars & Stripes, 2017, 16mm colour, double screen, digital and optical sound, 3 mins.
Jim Hobbs (USA/UK) and Mordant Music (UK)
Thirteen years ago, prior to moving to the UK from the States, I received a “Freedom Pack” from my wife’s brother This package contained all sorts of patriotic bumper stickers, badges, fridge magnets, and of course, an American flag. Stars & Stripes is a deconstruction/reconstruction of that flag - mathematically measured and structurally assembled using a very strict recipe: 50 stars, 13 stripes, two grommets, and a shitload of American spirit. The accompanying sound is a combination of a new score produced by Mordant Music with live overdubs from the film’s 16mm optical soundtrack.