Mary Filippo

Mary
Filippo

Mary Filippo’s work over the last three decades focuses primarily on the self and its relation to inequality. In Peace O’ Mind (1983), the characters try to stay safe at home, but become isolated ...

Films

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    3 X Mary Filippo
    Experimental

    3 X Mary Filippo
    Mary Filippo

    DVD, black and white, sound, 41.22 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
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    Peace O' Mind
    Experimental

    Peace O' Mind
    Mary Filippo

    16mm, black and white, sound, 8.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
    • Found Footage
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    Who Do You Think You Are

    Who Do You Think You Are
    Mary Filippo

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Films About Film
    • Found Footage
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    Feel the Fear
    Experimental

    Feel the Fear
    Mary Filippo

    16mm, color, sound, 24 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • History
    • Psychology / Mental Health
    • Philosophical
    • Technology
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Films About Film
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    Chapter 4 of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics
    Documentary

    Chapter 4 of My Mis-Education in 3 Graphics
    Mary Filippo

    Digital File, color and b/w, sound, 3.5 min
    Rental format: Digital file
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Found Footage
    • Economics

Biography

Mary Filippo’s work over the last three decades focuses primarily on the self and its relation to inequality. In Peace O’ Mind (1983), the characters try to stay safe at home, but become isolated and entrapped there. Images of a domestic space are connected with images of poverty “in the backyard” of this space to suggest the knowing of and hiding from this deprivation has entrapped the characters, physically and mentally, in their private, isolated, and disturbed spaces. In Who Do You Think You Are (1986) the main character, a filmmaker, investigates her own cigarette smoking habit while wishing she could make a film about injustice. She wishes, in other words, to do something heroic. She has been seduced by the image of the cigarette-smoking hero, but an image is only an image. With Feel the Fear (1990, 24 minutes) Filippo links images and ideas about television viewing, self-help therapy, alcohol use, acting, mimicry and social responsibility with metaphoric and formal similarities to imitate connections of cause and effect; but the suggestion of causal logic doesn’t hold up and becomes increasingly skewed. The film’s structure is a metaphor for the contradictions of the culture in which it was made.