The Fall '06 Archives: Episode Six aired on Wednesday December 6th 2006

Le Lapin
A whimsical, drunken journey through a small French village in the foothills of the Pyrenees with an adult human size rabbit. (With a cameo appearance by art rock legend Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine and original score by Mary Hansen (RIP) and Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and John McEntire

Filmmaker Bio:
Dara Greenwald is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Women's Studies from Oberlin College. She was part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Film/Video/New Media department from 2003-2005 and worked as the Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank from 1998 – 2005. She currently lives and studies in Troy, NY.


Trina's Collections
This short documentary celebrates Trina Robbins (writer/producer of Go Girl! Comics) and her eclectic collections: girl action figures, super heroines, vintage aprons, rubber bath tub toys, saints, tikis, hawaiiana, and more.

Filmmaker Bio:
Ellen Lake received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, film & video, and installation. She is currently working on a series of experimental shorts about collecting. She is the recipient of Bay Area Video Coalition’s 2005 Mediamaker Award. Trina’s Collections has been shown at the Lab and Roxie Cinema (21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema) in San Francisco, Works Gallery in San Jose, Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, Arizona State University Short Film and Video Festival, Reel Venus and 24 Hour Film Festivals in NYC, has toured the county with the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival and was recently given a “Juror’s Award” at the California State Fair in Sacramento, California.


Secrets of Cindy
Remember your junior high diary? The discovery of boys, written in one endless breathy run on sentence? “I was kissing Gary and it was really romantic it was like a dream, he was feeling my bra strap but I didn’t care it made me feel feminine…” Kleine’s “Secrets” starts with two totally embarrassed college girls reading from their Archie and Veronica accounts of sixth grade adventures, then little by little it intersperses Cindy’s more recent images and journal entries as she moves through her relationship with the current guy in her life, juxtaposing the first strong passions of a 12 year old girl with the more complex passions of a young woman. As it turns out: things haven’t changed all that much!

This video emerged out of a period in my life marked by emotional crisis brought on by the dissolution of a long love relationship. Feeling myself falling into a deep abyss of fear and darkness, I sought to record what was taking place and document it, as though the act of doing so would tether me to the world and keep me from drowning. I experienced many phases of shock, disbelief, and grief. The ideas and images arose from these intense states of emotion. I stared my deepest fears of solitude and abandonment in the face and in those moments, the clearest thoughts and images arose. The piece is a testament to faith. Cindy Kleine is a film and video artist whose work has been exhibited in many venues, including The Telluride Film Festival, The Seattle International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Knitting Factory in NYC, The ICA in London and The Center d’art Contemporain in Lyon, France. Her film, Doug and Mike, Mike and Doug, about the Starn Twins, was broadcast on PBS’s POV, The Independent Film Series.

Filmmaker Bio:
Ms. Kleine has received awards and fellowships from The American Film Institute, The U.S. S-8 Film and Digital Video Festival, The MacDowell Colony, The Bard College MFA Fellowship Program, and The New England Regional Fellowship Program. She has taught filmmaking for many years at Boston College, Harvard University, The Museum School, Boston, and The New School for Social Research in New York. She currently lives with her husband, theatre director and actor Andre Gregory, and their two cats, in New York City and on Cape Cod.

The Touch
A meditation on Anne Sexton’s poem of the same name. The film examines melodies within spoken, written and visual language and how they can interact. By juxtaposing text, image and sound, the viewer is asked to contemplate disparate forms of human response and emotion regarding language and imagery. In The Touch, the text from the poem is first given life through single-frame animation, then layered audio recording and finally through animated visuals that reinterpret it. Language and image investigate feelings of disembodiment, isolation and absence punctuated by sound and silence. Because the subject of the poem deals specifically with the idea of touch, the film sustains a highly tactile, textural quality wherein the filmmaker’s hand is overtly present.

On Alzheimer’s
An experimental animation piece that explores my grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. The film was created by animating photographic stills taken in my grandmother’s apartment in Corsica, in combination with old family photographs, her physical objects (pearls and gloves), my own diary text, and various other collected imagery (brain diagrams, etc.). The film is sustained by two melodies—text and imagery—that repeat themselves, unfolding in alternate rhythms to emulate the mental obfuscation and confusion of Alzheimer’s.

Filmmaker Bio:
Vanessa Woods graduated with a BA in art history and visual arts, cum laude from Barnard College. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship for Film, a Film Arts Foundation Personal Works Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s prestigious MFA Film Fellowship, where she is currently pursuing her MFA degree. Woods has produced five short films that have been screened internationally including the Centre International d’Art in France, The Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley. Woods is currently working on three new films, including a feature-length documentary titled Mimita, which follows the lives of a family of women raising their adopted child in Bronx, New York.


Happily Ever After
As an attempt to understand the tragedies and contradictions within my family’s past, I examined my family through our old home movies. By filming my childhood dollhouse that had not been played with in over a decade, I tried to capture the anxiety I was feeling by growing older and discovering the truth about the deaths of the men in my family- the most tragic being the suicide of my closest uncle.

Filmmaker Bio:
Victoria L. Kereszi, is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a Master’s degree in Documentary and Women’s Memoir Film. She is currently the Director of Programming at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York City’s community access center. She has also taught video production at public schools around New York City. Her teaching artist experience extends to Global Action Project, a youth media organization, where she worked with youth in Washington Heights on teen issues of sexual health and anti-tobacco campaigns. She has also traveled to Costa Rica and Cuba to work with youth and co-directed, Cuba Beside Us, a video documenting the experiences of Cuban and American youth during the summer of 2002. She currently lives in Brooklyn.



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