1. A love song to a curious folk practice, Serama Serenade is a quirky ethnographic documentary celebrating the Cajun Classic, the “superbowl” of chicken beauty pageants. Here exotic chickens compete to catch the judge’s eye, all the while struggling with pressures of assimilation in a foreign land.

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  2. A love song to a curious folk practice, Serama Serenade is a quirky ethnographic documentary celebrating the Cajun Classic, the “superbowl” of chicken beauty pageants. Here exotic chickens compete to catch the judge’s eye, all the while struggling with pressures of assimilation in a foreign land.

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  3. Suspended Sediment grew out of a series of observations I made upon returning to live in the South, my native land. In the first few months after I moved to Shreveport, LA, I repeatedly noticed that the initial impulse of the Shreveporters I met was to apologize for their city. Locals had even named this identity crisis: Shreveportitis. I found this curious. I was particularly struck by this inferiority complex because I had recently moved from a very small, rural Midwestern town that boasted an inexplicable superiority complex. The jarring juxtaposition of those two attitudes towards one's home became the impetus for making this film.

    My exploration of these superiority and inferiority complexes was inflected by regional experience. My partner, who grew up in the land of Lincoln, describes the kind of pride that was instilled in school children there as they were taught to measure their value in contra-distinction to the South. Having been raised in the South, I was personally aware of the complexes, contradictions, and struggles that inform southerners' relationships with home and the South. Suspended Sediment emerged as a project for exploring those struggles and contradictions in one particular case study.

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  4. Africa’s Gift is a poetic consideration of the migration of shotgun architecture from the west coast of Africa, through Haiti, and into Louisiana.

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  5. A short film that documents marble shooters in Kentucky’s Monroe County, Rolly Hole was shot on location in Monroe County, KY. This brief yet intense study of the folk game that provides the film with its title calls attention to the physical gestures, poses, and movements of players whose casual approach belies the carefully measured techniques deployed by champion players. Complimenting these images, the film’s audio tracks convey the lyrical and rhythmic patter of the players’ continual commentary on the progress of the game; this commentary also reveals the dimensions of their friendship and camaraderie. As one of the few folk games played by adults, this ritual competition provides members of the Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome with daily leisure between shifts at the local mills and factories. In most American cities and towns such gathering takes place at local bars, but in dry Monroe County, rolly hole provides the men of the community with an important social catalyst.

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Michelle Glaros

Thank you for reviewing my promotion portfolio. You will find screeners for Rolly Hole, Africa's Gift, Suspended Sediment, and Serama Serenade (including a trailer for Serama Serenade) on this channel.

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