The evocative richness of the short form helps to reengage us with primary aspects of our world by disengaging us from the habits that have taken their place. The secure position of spectatorship – of belonging grounded in our simple address to the screen – dissolves at the edges while watching JSF Vol. 34, as nature, family, political “identity,” national allegiance, life processes, and social configurations are pulled apart. Even the objects that mark the ground on which we walk cease to hold their form over time. If film in its most vital sense is, as Bazin said, “change mummified,” then this collection is like an eclectic archeological exhibit that unwraps the violence informing our experience of the present, whether embedded in heritage, media forms, documentation, or our insistence on mapping what we see to what we know. (John Davidson - Editor and Cheif)
The Journal of Short Film Volume 34
1. Slap – Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough (2009, 7:05). In a garage somewhere in America, two regular guys work on cars and take a break. They sit across from each other, look each other in the eye, and proceed to solve the world’s problems, one SLAP at a time! It’s a verbal Fight Club in a garage. 146 slaps later… they go back to work
2. Ground London – Dustin Morrow (2013, 7:41). Ground London is an experimental documentary that explores the British capital with a very specific point-of-view, locked in photography that never gets more than three inches off the ground, along with heavy manipulation of both sound and image, exposing a London seldom examined: a city that moves poetically and with great order when observed slowly and in minute detail. www.dustinmorrow.com.
3. Undocumented – JoAnne Zielinski, Gary Novak, Dana Hodgdon (2012, 5:20). Sophia was brought to the United States when she was 4 months old. Under U.S. law, she is considered undocumented. This film focuses on how her undocumented status adversely affects her attempts to meet the basic needs of human life and fulfill her American Dream. In 2012, 2.1 million undocumented children and young adults were living in the United States.
4. The Ascent – Ben Garchar (2012, 12:01). A man destroyed, a tower rising. bengarchar.com
5. ICI – Walter Ungerer (2013, 7:32). Time lapse video clips form the basis of this work. The film begins with abstract images continuously changing in color, shape and texture. Slowly the source and real identity of the subject-matter is revealed. In so doing it transcends the abstract world from which it originated, and transforms to the real. Yet, they co-exist.
6. Old Timer – Andrew Reed (2014, 7:00). This touching tribute to the rejuvenating effects of one of our national pastimes proves that on the field, we're all young at heart. Written and directed by Andrew Reed, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts at the University of Pikeville. http://www.andrewdalereed.com/
7. In The Tradition of My Family – Todd Davis (2006, 15:45). Billy wants a better scar than the one his father gave him. A tradition of violence that goes back generations is threatened when Benjamin hesitates to indoctrinate his son into the insanity. In The Tradition of My Family examines what happens when these concepts of tradition and honor are questioned, and the subsequent effect on the father’s relationship with his son. www.orlater.com