A Short Film About War
Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead
Documentary Short

Saturday Jul 2, 2011
$10 online or at the door.
VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
(on the roof)
on the roof and courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

SHOW
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Zeb Gould
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ&A with filmmaker Heather Courtney and U.S. veterans of the war in Afghanistan
11:00PMReception in Courtyard
In the event of rain the show will be rescheduled for a later date ~ No refunds ~ Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
POV
XO Projects
Vulture
New York Magazine
IFC

A Short Film About War (Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead | 10 min.)

A Short film about War is a narrative documentary artwork made entirely from information found on the worldwide web. In ten minutes viewers are taken around the world to a variety of war zones as seen through the collective eyes of the online photo sharing community Flickr, and as witnessed by a variety of existing military and civilian bloggers. As the ostensibly documentary 'film' plays itself out, a second screen logs the provenance of images, blog fragments and gps locations of each element comprising the work, so that the same information is simultaneously communicated to the viewer in two parallel formats -on one hand as dramatised reportage and on the other hand as a text log. In offering this tautology, we are attempting to explore and reveal the way in which information changes as it is gathered, edited and then mediated through networked communications technologies or broadcast media, and how that changes and distorts meaning -especially for (the generally wealthy minority of) the world's users of high speed broadband networks, who have become used to the treacherously persuasive panoptic view that google earth (and the worldwide web) appears to give us.


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