After Timothy's plight didn't turn out so well (see The Saddest Boy in the World), I thought I'd try my hand at a new disenfranchised child. Aaron sings in choir, watches soap operas and sleeps with the nightlight on. Can hypnosis solve the mystery of his missing friend?
The New York Times said: "With passionate stories of suburban woe and obsession played out against surreal, hyperdesigned backdrops, Mr. Travis's films feel a bit like a mixture of work by David Lynch and Douglas Sirk."
The world has conspired against poor Timothy Higgins and he has no choice but to hang himself. Always the dramatist, he chooses his own 9th birthday party as his stage. If you find this funny, good. If you're offended, it's okay—our paths were never meant to cross.
The Torontoist said: "A miniature masterpiece. The self-explanatory story is a wonder, and if Jamie Travis isn't the next big thing we'll be entirely gutted."
Finding your way can mean losing your mind in the process…
An isolated elderly woman, in desperate need of stimulation, conjures an infestation of silk-spinning caterpillars, thus leading her to a mind-bending epiphany.
‘Caterpillar’ is a cerebral drama, filmed in the historical Wynkoop House, famous for housing George Washington. The crew consists of highly esteemed artists working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. This includes special effects artist, Ben Bornstein (300, The Fighter), visual effects artist Greg Silverman (Black Swan), and editor, Corey Bayes (Birdman, The Knick, Contagion). From storyline through production, Caterpillar is an ode to the creative process. This film is a must-see for anyone who has ever submitted to their imagination and felt transformed by an idea.
In ruins, we rebuild with memories buried in the foundation, 10 min., 3 channel digital video from super 8 and 16mm, b/w with sound, 2006
audio by Daniel Coughlin
Streams of people with holes burned in them rise from subway stairs and escalators in London, Paris, Beijing and New York and collide with images from nature - migration, destructive forces and chaos – in a meditation on loss.
Shot on super8 film, the footage was transferred to 16mm on the optical printer and selectively burned with a soldering iron, melting holes in the film. Edited and scored digitally, "In ruins..." is presented as a 3-projection digital video installation. Two of the images are projected at a 100-degree angle (7' x 5' each) on a freestanding rear projection screen in the center of the gallery space. A third projection is a circular image on the wall, rebuilds the absent holes in the images on the other projections.
"In ruins..." is presented here as a single-channel video, with two images side by side.
-Another Experiment by Women, Online Screening Series, August 2016
-Manipulated Image #12, Santa Monica, CA, April 2012
-EdgeLogue, Alliance Fraincais New Delhi, Delhi International Arts Festival, Dec 2010
-VideoChannel Cologne NewMediaFest'2010: 10 Years, Cologne, Germany, 2010
-Manipulated Image #12, Complex Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, 2010
-6dofpuebla07, Puebla, Mexico, September 2007
-FICCO: Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2007
-On the Road Video Festival, Washington, DC, April 2007
-Galeria 10+36, Medellin, Colombia, December 2006
-MFA Thesis Exhibition, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA, May 2006
From "Introduction to Oobieland, Part Two of Oobieland moves to a television studio in New York City where the Princess of Oobieland is being interviewed and asked to describe this place called "Oobieland". She says you can't locate it on any maps. "There are no maps of it". She is then asked her opinion about the American landscape, American women, American men and the climate in America. Her answers though insightful, are not altogether flattering.