Manium is an abstract exploration of the myths and stories surrounding the culture of the Olympia Black Houses and their owner, Duane the Dark Dentist. Composed of video and audio interviews about Duane's project, Manium is concerned with the evolution of the myths of the black houses - how people make sense of an eccentric local landlord who paints his houses all black. Local stories are a form of folk knowledge, and in the documentation of them, I realized that they were the real story, not Duane. And in documenting that knowledge, I've tried to walk the fine line between documentary and video poem, between gossip and myth, between real and true. Duane's whereabouts are secondary; it's the shadow he casts that is fun to chase.