1. This double portrait cinematically projects my sister's wound onto my own body and psyche. Shortly after she received a living donor kidney from a friend, I filmed the scar that resulted from removing both her damaged organs. This video projects that image of her two-week-old scar onto my own body, visualizing my complex feelings of knowing I have been spared the gene that caused her disease. In the video, I find, on my own body, the scars I imagine we share.

    Color | Sound | 4 minutes

    About Suite: This suite of five short videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection.

    Also available on DVD. For move information visit bboptics.com/double-nephrectomy.html

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  2. This is a portrait of my wife, the artist Katy Martin in her studio painting directly on her own body while imagining a wild animal. While not centered on the theme of family disease like the other four videos, this piece does also explore the body as a site of beauty and abjection.

    Color | Sound | 3 minutes

    About Suite: This suite of five short videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection.

    Also available on DVD. For more information visit bboptics.com/gazelle.html

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  3. People who are homeless reveal homelessness from their own experiences dispelling common misconceptions and prejudices. Told as a personal journey, the film gives a broad analysis of the causes and conditions of homelessness while it analyzes news, TV reports and historical images of poverty. This film presents new ways to look at homelessness, displacing the debate from questions of charity to ones of social justice.

    Edited and Co-written by Joanna Kiernan
    Cinematography by Zoe Beloff and Bill Brand

    Color | Sound | 75 minutes

    "Bill Brand's remarkable documentary probes the lifestyles of the homeless population of our city and reveals perhaps the most frightening news of all. Many of those we see outside in cardboard boxes or sleeping bags are not drunks, addicts or lazy, but workers who simply don't earn enough to rent a room in New York." -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center

    "The testimony of many homeless people would have been a sufficiently urgent basis for any documentary film on this subject. But Mr. Brand goes further, offering a disquisition on the connection between the condition of the homeless and the consequences of studying it as a series of images" -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

    - Blue Ribbon, American Film and Video Festival
    - New Directors/ New Films Festival, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
    - Berlin Film Festival Forum of New Cinema
    - Rotterdam International Film Festival

    For more information, visit bboptics.com/home-less-home.html/

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  4. Here, my body is explicitly a screen on which I project my father’s photographs of the family to articulate my position of difference within the family experience of illness and death.

    Color | Sound | 9 minutes

    About Suite: This suite of five short videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection.

    Also available on DVD. For more information visit bboptics.com/interior-outpost.html/

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  5. In this self-portrait I imagine the disease and pain which caused my father's death twenty-five years earlier. Having become older than he at his death, I found, in images of my own body complex feelings of love, guilt, grief and regret.

    color | silent | 3 minutes

    About Suite: This suite of five short videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection.

    Also available on DVD. For more information, please visit bboptics.com/my-father-s-leg.html

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Bill Brand | 1990s

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