Leader film is more than just a strip of white tape. It is a transition from reality into interpretation – think the velvet red curtain at the Chinese Theater. We wait as the leader film calibrates the projector – lest it chew up your family vacation to Lake Erie. Leader film is all about anticipation – we know something is coming and wait. Patiently. The waiting can be nearly painful. The leader could be longer than the feature presentation. Imagine a film of just leader film = 100% suspense. Leader film as title sequence.

But what is special about these thirty-three frames of Super-8 film leader? They are an archive of the 31 years of fungus growing on an undeveloped cartridge.

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My Family Constellation

I remember when we would be gathered in the living room after Thanksgiving dinner to watch the Super-8 orientation film about our beautiful family constellation.

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Exposed: Part 2

A few months ago, my mom found an undeveloped Super-8 cartridge in the attic. Not knowing what was on it – or whether any images could in fact be recovered – I sent the 23-year old film (my remembered estimate of filming in 1991) to the lab to be developed. Update: the film was recoverable – and is in fact a complete b/w short film from … 1983.

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A feature-length shot-for-shot re-creation of Woody Allen’s seminal 1985 film, using vintage Star Wars action figures. Or, at least it would be, if I could find my elusive Han Solo figure.

This is a time-lapsed circumnavigation of Los Angeles. From downtown to the eastside; down along the Alameda corridor to Long Beach and the Port; up to LAX, through the Sepulveda Pass and into the San Fernando Valley; along the Verdugo Mountains and down the Glendale Freeway and past Dodger Stadium; down and around and back again to downtown – 120 miles in 2 hours. An iteration of this video was commissioned by the A+D Museum, Los Angeles, as part of the “Come In! S,M,L,XLA” group installation (19 June – 14 September 2014) – an exhibition of spatial interventions reflecting on the inquiry of scale. The audio commentary and q/a is from the world premiere screening of “From Sea To Shining Sea” and is courtesy the National Building Museum who hosted the event on 6 April 2014.

Evan Mather’s video is a playful and polished drive-by, quick and audience-friendly — a fitting analogy for the exhibit and its featured group of young designers. The exhibit uses dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’ 1995 book, S, M, L, XL, as its thematic prompt, asking them to explore issues of scales and sizes … – LA Weekly

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Exposed

Planning to develop this 23-year old Super-8 cartridge my mom found in the attic. I have no idea what it contains. Perhaps time for a Kickstarter-funded meta-documentary mystery.

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This is a coast-to-coast drive across the United States:
Four interstates, two turnpikes and a highway.
Two bays, three mountain ranges and a divide.
Eleven states, twenty-two ecoregions, seven metropolises and eight state capitals.
Five days, four time zones and a continent.
From sea level to eleven-thousand feet and back again.
From the original colonies to their manifest destiny.
This is a contemporary portrait of the American landscape.

From Sea To Shining Sea is a contemporary portrait of the United States of America experienced via a cross-county time-lapse video and audio collage. This incredible landscape diversity – through twenty-two eco-regions from the Atlantic, over the Rockies, and to the Pacific – is united by a common visual element: the Interstate Highway System. By watching the film, one essentially takes the journey itself, and gains a greater appreciation for the sheer beauty of the American landscape.