Excerpt from cinema installation made inside a building previously a car dealership. The viewer sits in the automobile. Audio is a voiceover monologue and distorted Born To be Wild wired through existing car speakers. Video was shot with a GoPro on a suction cup mount and is rear projected into the car.
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ABOUT THE FILM //
In the summer of 1977, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on an epic journey into interstellar space. Each spacecraft carries a golden record album, a massive compilation of images and sounds embodying the best of Planet Earth. According to Carl Sagan, “[t]he spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.” While working on the golden record, Sagan met and fell madly in love with his future wife Annie Druyan. The golden record became their love letter to humankind and to each other. In the summer of 2010, I began my own hopeful voyage into the unknown. This film is a love letter to my fellow traveler.
SELECTED SCREENINGS & AWARDS //
"First place," FLEX Festival • "Best Experimental Film," New Orleans Film Festival • "Honorable Mention" AFI FEST • "Honorable Mention" Disposable Film Festival • International Film Festival Rotterdam • Festival of (in)Appropriation • Citizen Jane • Oberhausen Festival of Short Film • DOXA Documentary Film Festival • European Media Art Festival • Rooftop Films • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival • European Media Art Festival • Iowa City International Documentary Festival • Directors Lounge, Berlin • Dallas Video Festival
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER //
Penny Lane has been making award-winning documentaries and essay films since 2002. Her first feature documentary, OUR NIXON, world premiered in 2013 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, had its North American premiere at SXSW, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. OUR NIXON went on to win awards at film festivals such as Seattle, Nantucket, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and IFFB, before being jointly released by Cinedigm and CNN Films. Penny is a Creative Capital grantee and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012. She has been awarded grants for her work by Cinereach, Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund, LEF Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Experimental Television Center, IFP and the Puffin Foundation. She was named "Most Badass!" at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009. Her short experimental films, such as THE VOYAGERS (2010), THE COMMONERS (2009), SHE USED TO SEE HIM MOST WEEKENDS (2007) and WE ARE THE LITTLETONS (2004), have screened and won accolades at film festivals such as Rotterdam, Images, IMPAKT, FLEX FEST, Citizen Jane, New Orleans Film Festival, AFI FEST and Rooftop Films. Her short documentary THE ABORTION DIARIES (2005) has become an important organizing and educational tool across the nation. THE ABORTION DIARIES has screened in 42 states & worldwide at over 350 different community venues, ranging from bars to art centers to clinics to colleges, and also on Yes! Television and Free Speech TV. Previous to coming to Colgate, she taught film, video and new media arts at Bard College, Hampshire College and Williams College. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name! // p-lane.com // twitter.com/#!/lennypane // // ournixon.com // facebook.com/ournixon //
Penny Lane is currently in post-production on NUTS! The Brinkley Story, a feature length documentary about John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. // facebook.com/NutsTheFilm // brinkleyfilm.com/
Over 3,000 images, shot entirely on a flatbed scanner, arranged into an avant-garde stop-motion film that explores the dynamic relationship between sight and sound.
Images were scanned into a computer to create a sequence of stop-motion animations. The images were not digitally manipulated in anyway. All of the materials used were found objects or scrap pieces of paper. My intent was to be as spontaneous as possible by not to using any traditional instruments, tools, or methods. None of the sequences were pre-orchestrated but were derived through experimentation. I was consistent with this theme when it came time to capture the audio for the work. Using a field recorder, I recorded random sounds such as a printer while it was printing, wind chimes outside my house, feedback from two telephones and an answering machine, silverware, and a running refrigerator. During a visit in New York I recorded noises and sounds from the subway system and street traffic. The pitch, tone and volume of the sounds were then manipulated to match the dynamic activity of the imagery.
AWARDS AND SCREENINGS:
2012 - PBS Reel 13 Contest Winner - Broadcasted on PBS's Reel 13 program in New York
2011 - Ovation TV Short Film Contest - RECEIVED "VIEWER'S CHOICE" AWARD - Broadcasted nationwide on Ovation TV and screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2011 - “Festivus” Film Festival - Denver, CO - RECEIVED "BEST EXPERIMENTAL" AWARD
2012 - Oxford Film Festival - Oxford, MS - RECEIVED "BEST EXPERIMENTAL" AWARD
2010 - “Animatron” Babelgum Animation Film Festival - RECEIVED "AUDIENCE" AWARD
2012 - Maryland Film Festival - Baltimore, MD - Official Selection
2011 - SoCal Film Festival - Huntington Beach, CA - Official Selection
2011 - Atlanta Underground Film Festival - Atlanta, GA - Official Selection
2011 - DC Shorts FIlm Festival - Washington, DC - Official Selection
2011 - Action/Cut Short Film Competition - Semi-Finalist in "Animation"
2011 - Festival of Experimental Film and Video [FEFV] - Kamplin Square, Krk, Croatia - Official Selection
2011 - Nickel Independent Film Festival - St. John’s NL, Canada - Official Selection
2011 - Brooklyn Film Festival - Brooklyn, NY - Official Selection
2011 - Seattle True Independent Film Festival - Seattle, WA - Official Selection
2011 - West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival - Morgantown, WV - Official Selection
2011 - Athens International Film + Video Festival - Athens, OH - Official Selection
2011 - “Indie Grits” Film Festival - Columbia, SC - Official Selection
2011 - “Electroclectic” - Miami, FL - Official Selection
2011 - “Love Your Shorts” Film Festival - Sanford, FL - Official Selection
2011 - “Dam Short Film Festival” - Boulder City, NV - Official Selection
2010 - “SHORTNONSTOP” Canadian Film Centre Short Film Festival - Official Selection
An experimental video exploring sound, video degradation, and distortion.
I used several VCRs, VHS tapes, TVs, a scanner, and a DSLR camera to make this video. I created the audio using a combination of frequency modulation, databending, and various other methods.
(Wear headphones for the best experience)