Quarry Movie (1999) 10 min, 16mm
This movie began as an attempt to document a place...not only its image as lensed, but its weather, its soil, and its toxins. Ten filmmakers fanned out over the landscape, seeing it through twenty eyes. In the avant-garde tradition of messing with the surface (the "environmental film" has been around in various incarnations for years - e.g. Peggy Ahwesh, Stan Brakhage, Daven Gee, David Gatten), the film documents this place outside of the camera as well. The organisms in the water and the soil have made their marks on it; the water's physical erosion acts upon the image; even the leached metals in this exhausted quarry pit's waters can be seen in the chemicals used to process the film.

The idea in the Quarry Movie was not to use techniques to achieve a "look," but rather to achieve a presence, and then see what it looks like. The Quarry Movie comes out of a fruitful combination of documentary and avant-garde interests.

Produced by Greta Snider
Filmed and Processed by Nathan Corbin, Michael Ginsburg, Gretchen Hogue, Shin Homma, Shannon Insana, Lee Krist, Mary Molina, Max Rubinstein, Greta Snider, and Tony Stone.

Screenings: New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Cinemateque, Ann Arbor Film Festival


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