Anna Geyer

Oolite (1995) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

OOLITE is a story of birth and the creative process. Birth is a facet of life often overlooked or impersonally addressed solely through medical terminology in Western culture. OOLITE is the story of the birth of my sister told personally from multiple perspectives. It is told by my grandmother (Louise Kimball), my mother (Bethanne Kimball-Parker), my sister herself (Bettina Geyer), and through the visual images of my remembrances of that time. A primary concern of this piece lies in the function of memory; how we remember what we remember and why. What triggers memory? Why do different people remember the same event differently? What makes a remembered instant different from the perpetual procession of forgotten moments which constitute our lives? I employed a method of projecting film on various surfaces, reframing, reshooting and thus recontextualizing my work in order to convey variations in perspective and a distance from the original image (event). The often visual immediacy of dreams versus the third person retelling of that dream, in comparison to the remembered thought or details provided by a relative of your own childhood experiences, are other elements I address, for film is a medium of experiential immediacy sharing qualities of both dreams and memories. OOLITE creates an environment, a rhythm of movement through time, which is neither dream nor memory but exists filmically and blurs the boundaries of both.

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Anna Geyer

Arapadaptor (I Feel So) (1999) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Hand-processed

Arapadaptor (I Feel So) is an abstract film of mostly found sound and cameraless images. Most of the source material was unwittingly supplied by a Chinese herbalist. To produce ARAPADAPTOR I applied my flashlight and laser, ala Man Ray, to the caterpillars, cicadas and seeds of the herbal packages, and this was only the beginning. Much of the original footage was further manipulated - painted, tinted and/or bleached. Finally, the images were rephotographed, slowed, through the use of an optical printer.

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Anna Geyer

Dozer (1999) 16mm, color & b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

As long as I can remember, I have had an affection for bulldozers -- their power and their grandeur. My fascination with them continues to grow as I observe their ceaseless efforts. With this film I explore the awe inspired by such a destructive force. DOZER features the bulldozer as an icon of American culture and examines the continuous reconstruction of our surroundings. An important point of focus is the impact of the automobile and its infrastructure on our society, environment, and general quality of life, as bulldozers exchange natural landscapes for freeways - landscapes of an industrialized society. This film explores how and why the advent of the automobile has reshaped our lives with an emphasis on several questions: what was there before? What has changed due to the car? My grandmother provides voiceover accounts of life during the emergence of the automobile. She perfectly illustrates pivotal moments of history in very human terms. The naively optimistic text of The Prayer of America's Road Builders adds a subtle irony. Industrial sounds (piledrivers, edgecode printers, trains, the freeway itself, etc.) are manipulated, looped, and layered to function as music. As an aural atmosphere of rhythm, the effects at times create fake sync sound and at others act contrapuntally, contributing to the visual images to form a unique filmic space. The visual aesthetic of DOZER is an exploration of structure and construction as well. I utilize many forms of image layering (multiple projection, optical printing and in-camera effects) which create an even greater distance between subject and viewer.

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