ATOYOT | TOYOTA, 24 min color HD video
By Harold Batista
A split-screen video portrait presents the contradictions in the life of a Cuban immigrant who struggles to succeed as an All-American salesman. In 1931, historian James Truslow Adams coined “American dream,” writing, “It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but the dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” Crawling across Florida in the mobile office of a Toyota Camry, business may or may not be had in a claustrophobic world of distraction, determination, and fatigue where the art of persuasion begins with convincing oneself.
Directed by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
12 min ● DV-to-HD ● Color ● Stereo ● English ● USA ● 2014
WINNER: Grand Prix at 2015 25 FPS Festival
WINNER: George Manupelli Founder's Spirit Award at 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival
WINNER: 3-Point Lighting Award for Innovative Technique at 2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival
Special Features is an apparent interview with three highlights. Presented as if a fragment from an unnamed video production, an interviewee interacts with an interviewer, recounting a special experience at once unique and shared.
The movie takes its title directly from the program which engendered its creation, Special Features 2014, a short film commissioning initiative of Residency Unlimited, a not-for-profit arts organization based in Brooklyn, New York.
Plastik Festival of Artists' Moving Image
November Film Festival 2016
Jerwood Staging Series 2016
Migrating Forms @ BAMcinématek
Kassel Dokfest 2015
53rd New York Film Festival
53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX)
22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival
25 FPS Experimental Film & Video Festival
Montclair International Film Festival
Message to Man Film Festival
21st Media City Film Festival
CPH:DOX (New:Vision Competition)
Punto de Vista
MoMA PS1 (EXPO 1: NEW YORK)
Northwest Film Forum (N-E-X D-O-C-S)
Lima Independiente (Winner: Activism Award)
Festival do Rio (Expectations: Vanguard)
Jihlava International Documentary Festival
Les Rencontres du Cinéma Documentaire -Périphérie, Pompidou Centre
Runtime approx. 15 minutes, 35mm slides, slide projectors, programmable dissolve control and audio player, 2013.
Material Prolegomena is a slide projection developed from the research and production materials of an imagined narrative film called “Wildman.” Referring to a wide array of cultural artifacts and historical narratives, from mid-century movie posters and the Hollywood Star System to the notion of the author as shaman and the miracle of twin Sts. Cosmas and Damian, these materials emerge as a series of dispersed fragments, refabricated and photographed in situ. Arranged in sequence, the resulting images document the site of production suggesting at once the associative work of the filmmaker/researcher/spectator/artist and the constellated field of the missing film.