1. The first one minute letter film I made, over 10 years ago, out of footage I hade already produced or gathered for other projects. "V" was made in response to a request by TV producer Matthew "Trish" Sandager. 26 filmmakers were each assigned a letter: the mandate was to make a one minute film, resulting in a 30 minute program that contained an entire alphabet of works made by different artists. Sandager was inspired by Hollis Frampton's iconic "Zorns Lemma." I was inspired to expand my letter V into the continuing "Letters" project.

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  2. 16mm, 1976, in collaboration with Roberta Friedman.
    "Everything being alike everything is different simply different naturally simply different." Gertrude Stein
    Here are five of Bertha's seven children, now middle aged adults. They walk, they sit, they look at their watches, they speak their actions.

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  3. A furtive tear escaped her eye,
    As if she envied the young people
    who, laughing with each other, passed her by.

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  5. 2015 remake of our 1980 remake of Méliès' 1901 "The India Rubber Head," based on Noll Brinckmann's description of the film. Part 2 of 3. Also one of three separate letters "U" in the one minute Letters series.

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String Theory

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String theory fulfills a long sought after goal of theoretical physics: to describe a single basis for the whole of material reality, a 'theory of everything.' If this desire isn't poetic enough by itself, the notion that the elementary components of…


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String theory fulfills a long sought after goal of theoretical physics: to describe a single basis for the whole of material reality, a 'theory of everything.' If this desire isn't poetic enough by itself, the notion that the elementary components of the universe are tiny vibrating strings is an inspiration. String Theory and Superstring Theory are, so they say, "good mathematical models for Nature at the smallest distance scales." And smallest is indeed the word for it: the average size of a string is theorized to be about a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a centimeter.
For us, the image of strings and vibration as the basis of everything is a good model for our collaborative work over the years. We are interested in vibrations and resonances, the music of human behavior and social relations, and the way these notes and chords form themselves into larger structures, sometimes stories, other times symphonies, sonatas, or 12 bar blues.

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