Free Fall was released in 2004 as part of a suite of three video works called The October Tapes. These short tapes were created in the immediate wake of the death of both my parents. I found a release from my pain in Free Fall. I found joy in the sensuous physicality of small-town wrestling matches and carnival midways, and in the uncompromised, high-pitched innocence of high school rock bands just before they fold.
The bands featured are Evicted from Lockeport and Cardboard Kingdom from Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Both bands had a short life as the members of the bands graduated from high school and moved on with their lives. The lead singer from Evicted, Daniel Williams, was literally singing his first lyrics in Free Fall. He was 15, had never sung in public, until he let his voice go at the Astor Theatre, a century-old opera house in Liverpool.
I just ran into Daniel Williams today at SeaFest in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. He hasn't sung in years. He's a lobster fisherman in Lockeport.
Tom Sherman, August 28, 2011