Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 51, Spring

Experimental Documentary Questionnaire/responses
Below is the original questionnaire that we sent to numerous film and video artists whose work crosses between experimental and documentary modes. The questionnaire was sent to a broad swath of media artists, including influential experimental filmmakers...
Experiments in Documentary: Contradiction, Uncertainty, Change
At the center of the campus where I now teach is a verdant park with grassy hills, monumental trees, and eclectic fauna. Given its location in an arid part of Southern California, most of these plants are not indigenous and necessitate extensive irrigation....
Ghosted Documentary: Chantal Akerman's Là-Bas
"I don't feel like I belong, and that's without real without pride. Pride happens. No, I'm just disconnected, from practically everything. I have a few anchors, sometimes I let them go or they let me go, and I drift. That most of the time. Sometimes...
Interstates: South of Ten
South of Ten (USA, 2006, super 16mm film transferred to 35mm film, 10 min.) is the title of a film by Liza Johnson. The title also names a thin strip of Mississippi, bounded by Interstate highway 10 on the north and the Gulf of Mexico on the south that...
I Want to Have Your Baby
In the collective performance action !Want to Have Your Baby 2005) more than 300 participants in sites including Los Budapest, Havana, Berlin, Buffalo, and London conceived hypothetical offspring in a digital repopulating of the world with humane beings....
Love Stories
To: anonymous_C@gmail.comFrom: chieyamayoshi@yahoo.comSubject: Becoming anonymous?Dear Anonymous C,I always wanted to be you, C. In showing my work in the U.S., I become uncomfortable when the authence tries to find Japanese femininity, even though I...
SprocketKitLingoKit
"I'm a maximalist"- Craig BaldwinPART 1 Intro and SynopsisCraig Baldwin's RocketKitKongoKit (1986) is a documentary about how the Congo was released from colonial domination for a brief moment and then treacherously retaken by a puppet leader, funded...
The Cinema of Pessimism: Eleven Films in the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
THE CINEMA OF PESSIMISM: ELEVEN FILMS IN THE 2008 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVALIt wasn't an individual film.I am quite accustomed to seeing a depressing (or depressive) movie, and whether it has an effect on my own mood or outlook is as much connected with my...
When We Speak of the Future: An Interview with Julia Meltzer and David Thorne
Beginning in early November 2007, I corresponded collaborators Julia Meltzer and David Thorne for this issue of Millennium Film Journal. This written exchange builds our prior conversations while engaging a number of issues: how their working processes...