MFA alum Sarah Christman, is showing her work on Friday, February 8th 2013, 7pm with reception immediately following at International House Philadelphia. Hosted by Judy Adamson and Fred Jackes, Jolley Christman, and Nancy and Neil Hoffmann.
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As Above, So Below (2012, 50 min)
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, “As Above, So Below” is a deeply personal and thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her stepfather’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter. The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.
From a recent review of the film:
“The filmmaker’s faith in nuance, respect for mystery and openness to interpretation is what makes “As Above, So Below” such a rare, offbeat treat.”
Eric Rumble, Alternatives Journal, January 2013
Dear Bill Gates (2006, 17 min)
A simple correspondence evolves into a poetic visual essay exploring the ownership of our visual history and culture. Combining original and archival film, video and images from the internet, “Dear Bill Gates” draws unexpected connections among mining, memory and Microsoft.
Broad Channel (2010, 14 min)
Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.