In this collection of recent work by North Carolina-based media artists Sabine Gruffat and BillBrown, celluloid film serves as both a material register and critical resource for interrogating thedocumentary image. Whether using discontinuous montage, handmade techniques for creatingand processing images, or dramatic reenactors, these films aim to extend the formal possibilitiesof non-fiction filmmaking.
Sabine Gruffat is a filmmaker with a special interest in the social and political implications of media and technology. Her experimental and essay films explore how technology, globalization, urbanism, and capitalism affect human beings and the environment. These films seek to empower people, encourage social participation, and inspire political engagement.
Sabine’s films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including the Viennale, MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, and The Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival. She lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Bill Brown is a media artist interested in ways landscape is interpreted, appropriated, and reconfigured according to human desires, memories, and dreams. His research interests include haunted houses, memorial architecture, and outsider archaeology.
Bill’s films have screened at venues around the world, including the Rotterdam Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and Lincoln Center in New York. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.