MOTH PRINT

2023.  Handmade, laser-printed 16mm transferred to HD. 03:35.

(screener above is a 37 second excerpt)

 

Moth Print is a collaboration with my deceased father. It traces lines of loss and confronts failure of memory. A cameraless handmade film, it employs a laser printer to image directly onto clear film leader, creating both (optical) sound and image. Each printed sheet contains 231 frames patiently composed and assembled one by one: 9.6 seconds of projected film. It utilizes two texts: digital video I shot of a Galium Sphinx moth compulsively divebombing a light that could destroy it, and a manuscript page from my father’s unpublished memoir in which he describes visiting his own father who was dying of Alzheimer’s. My father found him imprisoned in a state hospital, brutally beaten and bruised, strapped to a gurney unable to speak.

 

Screening history

 

2024  Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor, MI.
2024  Gravitational Lensing. Shapeshifters Cinema. Oakland, CA.
2024  Montreal Underground Film Festival. Montreal, Canada.
2024  West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. Morgantown, WV.
2024  Athens International Film and Video Festival. Athens, OH.
2024  Wide Open Experimental Film Festival. Oklahoma City, OK.
2024  Dresdner Schmalfimtage. Dresden.
2024  Experiments in Cinema. Albuquerque, NM.
2024  Fisura. Mexico City, Mexico.
2024  100 Years of 16mm. Emerson College, Boston, MA.
2023  Transient Visions. Binghamton, NY.