This is first of three Super-8 films I made during my last two years at college, from 1983 to 1985. Empty Boat begins with a shot of a lone oar floating down a river. Cut to a woman playing chess with a mannequin head while seated at a table in the middle of the river; the oar floats past. The woman makes a clever move and smiles at the mannequin head. The oar continues its journey down the river and we see a man and woman, each lifting a heavy stone and carrying it from one side of the river to the other. They throw the stone down, pick up another and carry that one across the river, too. In the middle of their labor they stop, throw down their rocks and look up. Cut to the oar becalmed in a lake. Pan up to see a girl on a pier holding a helium balloon and gazing down at the oar. She walks to the end of the pier with her balloon, from which we can see an empty boat in the middle of the lake.