Kerry Laitala

Secure the Shadow (1997) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Secure the Shadow" is a meditation on disintegration and morality. The film utilizes antique Medical stereoscopic images from the Victorian era, which are simultaneously disturbing and beautiful. The filmmaker's intention is to reveal universal truths about the overwhelming quality of disease to render us ultimately mute, immobilized within a corporeal shell that has succumbed to imminent forces beyond our control. The filmmaker's also wants the film to address the myth that dignity is automatically restored upon the visage when facing death. In analyzing the original function of the stereoscopes, the filmmaker intends to expose their classificatory nature. These anonymous subjects were reduced to paradigms of pathology, embalmed in time within their exterior presence. By re-photographing them on the optical printer and placing them in a mythical home, the filmmaker endeavors to reanimate these visages to ensnare them, or allow them to roam free on the surface of celluloid. Absence transforms to presence as the latent image reveals the manifest content, the slippery territories in between unraveling like the threads joining the crazy quilt that joins images together. An anachronistic Victorian sensibility places the images in a chimerical, historical context that embodies the film with a mind that is paradoxical and alien to our Twentieth century perspective. The title "Secure the Shadow...'Ere the Substance Fade,let nature imitate what nature has made", comes from a Nineteenth century post mortem photographer who advertised his services. This reference speaks about the function of photography as a democratizing medium that assists in the process of mourning and serves as a physical reminder of loss.

Rental: $40
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Kerry Laitala

Secure The Shadow, Retrospectroscope & Test (1997) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

SECURE THE SHADOW is a meditation on disintegration and mortality. The film utilizes antique Medical stereoscopic images, which are simultaneously disturbing and beautiful. My intention was to attempt to reveal universal truths about the overwhelming quality of catastrophic disease to render us ultimately mute, immobilized within a corporal shell that has succumbed to imminent forces beyond our control. I also wanted the film to address the myth that dignity is automatically restored upon the face of death. --K. L.

Kerry Laitala

Stag Party Movie (1991) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage

Rephotographed imagery for the voyeur.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Kerry Laitala

Retrospectroscope (1998) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kerry Laitala's love of the movie process gives rise to richly crafted and oddly unclassifiable imagery. Re-inventing an antique movie technology using a revolving glass disc, projected lighy and a sequence of early black and white images, and merging it with the later technology of 16mm film, RETROSPECTROSCOPE pulls the moving image backward into a sense of wonder that is both nostalgic and strangely new. --Scott Stark

Rental: $30.00
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Kerry Laitala

Test (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

As 4000 questions flurry past the retinas of the viewer, one becomes aware of the futilty of trivial persuits. An I.Q examination for the manic on speed.....A readymade little gem found in an abandoned Movie Palace in Boston, MA

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Kerry Laitala

Adventure Parade, The (2000) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Listen to our Bullhorn recitation. Our procession imparts the darkest of reveries for you to recoil from or embrace as the origin of our entrapment. However, the sprightly buttress overshadowing this cinema, submerges it further. As we see fit to excoriate our visage to you the audience, we reveal everything. We present to you an unveiling and beguiling presence.... Now that we have have exposed our deepest inner-most thoughts, what do you have to offer in recompense?" -- anonymous

Kerry Laitala

Awake, But Dreaming (2000) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

This completely hand processed 16mm film was shot in the Hirschgang Oberer, an extended, curved hallway at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. The filmmaker was residing there in 1998-1999 for a residency, and started several film projects at Solitude. "Awake, but Dreaming" recreates a sense of an endless cyclical, dreamscape that is being conjured up from the deep recesses of the imagination. The images are coupled with a mysterious soundtrack producing uncanny associations: the flapping of wings, shrill cries of birds, a revolver fired off following unseen footsteps, a broken music box plays forgotten tunes from a forgotten childhood. A disembodied, hovering presence evokes a menace that is intimated through the sonorous resonance, but never manifests itself. However, the dreamer never reaches the apex of consciousness, but lingers repeatedly in the periphery of alchemically enhanced light and shadow. The cavernous intrauterine space is one of potentials, where anything can happen if the viewer can enter the portal of experience. Supported by Academie Schloss Solitude

Rental: $30.00

Kerry Laitala

Escapades of Madame X (2000) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

THE ESCAPADES OF MADAME X is a film that addresses early Hollywood cinema and their complicity in helping to establish the woman's passive role. The femala protagonist transposes her passive tole with one that is sexually, intellectually and physically empowered; one who takes control and creates meaning through gestures and actions. Madame X becomes elevated to mythical proportions, moving seamlessly through different realms that are represented metaphorically. We have created an underwater world that functions on many levels. Different psychological connotations have been evoked through the fabricated environment, as Madame X is portrayed in the film filming a water vortex (shot at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.) and whipping a sea horse. The water vortex is iconic as a metaphor for the interior space of the unconscious as well as the undercurrent of ideology that becomes exposed in film. --K. L.

Kerry Laitala

Wood Nymphs, The (2000) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $30.00

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