Super-8mm, 29 minutes, 2014.
Real West is an ethnographic portrait of two roadside ghost towns in South Dakota. It is also the tale of two elderly proprietors who continue to devotedly maintain these sites. Such roadside attractions conjure the mythical West through material and cultural artifacts, from a decrepit wagon wheel to an out-of-tune player piano. Tourists are encouraged to not only experience, but also to re-enact these historical environments. The film uses contact microphones and super-8mm film as archeological tools to uncover the material traces of this living history.