the Forgotten Film Gallery

A speculative meditation on the relatively brief amount of time that human beings - a violent, dangerous and invasive species - lived on the earth, only to destroy the environment that was their home.

People use the term sci-fi, but I think of my film as "science non-fiction," combined with eco-feminism and environmental noir. What horrifies me is that many people actually believe global warming is a hoax or a conspiracy theory. What appalls me is how little we are doing to stop destroying the earth.

But environmental apocalypse has been going on for a very long time. The destruction of the earth is surprisingly boring and mechanical, like the machines in this film. It is not in the future: it is ongoing. It is not a sci fi concept - and it is not visually dazzling or something to consume in 3D at your local movie-plex. The destruction of the earth is not a blockbuster movie, full of CGI. It is real. Look around.

Look at a beautiful field just about anywhere - it is probably full of toxins. A beckoning forest? More toxins. A body of water - beautiful, but toxic. Human beings - even our bodies are full of toxins. Our corpses are lethally toxic. Humans murder one another and we destroy other species. We are not "intelligently designed." An invasive species - humans have done tremendous damage in a relatively brief time.

We embrace our own demise - and we have figured out myriad ways to package it, sell it, and consume it as apoco-tainment. Consume consume consume consume consume consume. Repeat.

Waste. Think more about the word "waste" in every sense...Toxic people, toxic relationships, toxic colonization, toxic chemicals, toxic capitalism, toxic racism, toxic attitudes toward the earth, etc.

'Waste' is the first film of my eco-feminist & eco-horror 'Gaia Triptych' (2016). This trilogy is intended as an altar triptych installation, but the short films may be projected individually.

View "Not" at vimeo.com/172252797
View "Want Not" at vimeo.com/175167689
View a virtual installation of "The Gaia Triptych" at vimeo.com/176688332

For more, read "Embracing The Apocalypse: A World Without People" at filmint.nu/?p=5581

'Waste' may be read as a coda to my book, "Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse," but I leave it entirely open to interpretation.

-- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Inspirations include: Rachel Carson, John Muir, Mary Daly (Gyn/ecology); The Chalice and the Blade; Raymond Scott, Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni (Red Desert and La Notte); Barbara G. Walker, Denis Côté, Robert Bresson, Todd Haynes' Safe (1995), structuralism, Edward Burtynsky, John Pfahl, Robinson Jeffers, eco-criticism, speculative science, earth based spiritualities, Life After People...etc.

'Waste' is also part of my "Men and Machines" Series.

Videos in the "Men and Machines" series include:

Popular Science - vimeo.com/195072674
Planned Obsolescence - vimeo.com/195215047
Reliable Sources - vimeo.com/193291700
Inside - vimeo.com/189477394
Construction Site - vimeo.com/188719797
Johnny's Machines - vimeo.com/188380596
Col Bleu - vimeo.com/185865697
Machine - vimeo.com/190509450
Echo and Narcissus - vimeo.com/187504524
Mirror - vimeo.com/184270334
Not - vimeo.com/172252797
Waste - vimeo.com/165976297
Product - vimeo.com/179584124
Selfie - vimeo.com/178762302
Virtual Gallery - The Gaia Triptych - vimeo.com/176688332

'Waste' is made from recycled, repurposed, and refashioned found materials.

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the Forgotten Film Gallery

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The Forgotten Film Gallery is a web based documentary film and video art installation project which plans to showcase a collection of films dealing with interpretations of the forgotten and the indefinite time period during and after the present. The Forgotten Film Gallery will attempt to link the past, present and future using unique areas of the Mojave desert and the World Wide Web as it's gallery installation space.

Goal
The goal for the Forgotten Film Gallery is to unite the new with the old. Link the past to the future using the remoteness of the desert as the gallery space and the world wide web as a platform to distribute a documentary freely with the public.

Impact
By utilizing the lonely desert as an audience. Contemporary artists might continue to create freely without the fear of rejection. Sharing the film on the web will also allow the general public to recognize and value the importance of our often under appreciated past and present natural environment.

Featuring works from video and sound artists:
Frederic Chagnard
Agnès Hardy
Fred L'Epée
Dimitra Pouliopoulou
Rouzbeh Rashidi
Barbara De Dominicis
H.D. Lange
Roy Anamitra
Ginnetta Correli
Dirk Driesen
Jason Marsh
Chris Marsh
Istvan Horkay
Alastair Cook
Roland Quelven
Maria Niro
Fabio Scacchioli
David Sanchez Burr
Jared Blum
Zigo Rayopineal
Pinina Podestà
Sofia Koubli
Jesse Richards
Tania Giannouli
Ron Diorio
Swoon
Jon Obsworth
Ernest Worthing
Annie
Kent Tate
Punkomat
Maria Korporal
Jon Obsworth
Erick Flores Garnelo
J DeSalvo
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

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