Brian Coffey

Like Being Pursued By A Boulder (2005) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

LIKE BEING PURSUED BY A BOULDER is a willfully subjective document of the protests surrounding the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The film juxtaposes images of anonymous dissent with the iconography of the state, and questions what is hidden and visible within the public sphere. LIKE BEING PURSUED BY A BOULDER acts as a counter to prevailing representations of large-scale protests through its refusal to play the numbers game (success or failure determined solely by suspect headcounts), and its avoidance of images that foster a binary identification/rejection relationship with the viewer (Do these people look like/unlike me?). Instead the film focuses on the collective energy generated on the street and the force marshaled to restrict and contain this energy. The film recognizes the steady disappearance of the public commons and the marginalization of dissent in hopes that new objectives and strategies can be realized to counter this trend.

16mm Rental: $30.00

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