An exploration of seven unique state intersections along Nebraska’s border. Shot entirely single frame with a digital camera and an intervalometer, with the sound composed from field recordings taken on location.
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In his Kubrickian conclusion to his expose on America. Rappmund follows a peculiar arc from a frantic start, to a musical refrain, to a cathartic trance like close. Without the usual tricks employed, this film settles into a more personal expression of beauty wiping away the theses he had in the other two. This films succeeds on a grander scale, achieving a painterly status and flushing the hues in saturated colors.
Rappmund's approach in this documentary is more artificial than in his other films although he uses the same techniques. Due to the overlapping of pictures, some visuals look like they had been painted. Its a very atmospheric short film worth watching (and also listening).
A beautiful and extremely ethereal evocation of place. Like a more culturally specific, geographically grounded variation on the kind of work Bill Viola does. Textured. Haptic. One feels the earth and air and the cosmic dust. History is immanent to any moment. A moment is a geology. This is a perfect and measured expression of a very particular vision. New forms are rare, and the stuff of great experiments.
Ice flowing downstream is captivating. Always beautiful how his technique retains contiguity and apparent fluidity when water is the subject. Attention to non-movement/time as significant as movement/time--though often mundane.
70/100 - Good.
I preferred this one. I don't like the 'electronic Rothko' tag because it's reductive and imposes a horizontal/vertical architecture on the film. It's almost like they're telling you how to watch the dang thing. Nebraska for me is relentlessly flat. I think of 'My Little Town' by Paul Simon when I think of Nebraska. "Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town."
Beautiful movie. Really enjoyed the parts that were like a moving painting. Also liked the at-times disjoint nature. The field recordings always seemed to be of stuff happening just off-screen which gave the feeling of being completely enveloped.