Laura Parnes

Lies Phil Spector Told Me (1992) , 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Lies Phil Spector Told Me combines actual entries from Parnes' mother's high school diary with that of her own. These entries meld into one horrific teenage melodrama, which could only be told through the music of the queens of white trash: The Shangri-Las.

Rental: $40.00

Laura Parnes

Blue Movie Visitor (1994) , 4 min

Keywords: Erotic

Images of male consumers entering and leaving pornography shops are combined with a female voice describing her fantasies of who these men are, and what their desires are. The video is distorted to create a security camera effect. This effect also causes the men to resemble each other; to hold many identities simultaneously.

Rental: $30.00

Laura Parnes

Real Life, Music, Television: A Trilogy (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

Real Life Music Television is a trilogy of music videos which examine the hyper-self-consciousness of adolescents. The following is a description of the three distinct sections: The images from "Performance" are derived from found footage of an 8th grade talent show and are combined with a list of gender-specific transformative sexual memories from the age of 4-18. This awkward dance is that of adolescent girls whose sexual development is shaped by an awareness that they are the spectacle; a performer who exists as a reflection of the desire of others, while being consumed with desire themselves. "Ladies, There's a Space You Can't Go" is a deconstruction and a distortion of an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael titled "My Daughter Dresses Like A Hooker". Sampled audience statements and a driving dance beat merge with distorted talk show participants to form a self-mutilating music video. "Talent Show" is derived from the same found footage as "Performance". The young boys lip-synch to a bubble gum rock song as they attempt to publicly assert their new-found sexual power.

Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Laura Parnes

No Is Yes (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

A combination of experimental and narrative approaches which explore the commodification of rebellion as it is marketed to youth culture, through the eyes of two drug dealing, teenage girls from Brooklyn who "accidentally" kill and mutilate their favorite alternative rock star. Their obsession with murders and makeovers and their confusion between fashion and transgression lead these girls into a world where nihilism is bought and sold, and rebellion is impossible.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Laura Parnes

Suburban Peace Coalition (1998) VHS NTSC, , 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Suburban Peace Coalition explores "end of the millennium hysteria" and the suburban desire to see the centers of sin, the metropolises of the United States, punished. Using distorted and repetitious mages of New York's destruction as it is portrayed in numerous action movies including "Independence Day" and "Armageddon" combined with the saccharin-soaked pop song from the film "Xanadu"; "You Have To Believe We Are Magic', the video is both hypnotic and menacing. The militia-like "Suburban Peace Coalition" logo hovers between spirituality and a perverse desire for the ultimate end.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Laura Parnes

Wrong Place, Wrong Time (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Wrong Place, Wrong Time" uses appropriated images from the "reality television" genre to examine the seductiveness of the spectacle of tragedy. This video exists in an area where the division between reality and image are simultaneous. the images are of real explosions, disasters, deaths and assaults, from the nightly news, "Cops", "Real TV", tabloid television and talk shows. At times the subjects appear illuminated through an overlapping of imagery, the distortion through low resolution creates a pixilated, almost ecstatic quality. Point of view shots draw the viewer in further into the endorphen rush. These mesmerizing images slowly reveal their tragic consequences while reminding the viewer of their own mortality.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

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