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Directed by Dustin Zemel

72 mins.

Combining multiple layers of visuals and audio, filmmaker, artist, and PhD recipient Dustin Zemel pushes the boundaries on stable environments in the cinematic-sphere. Zemel draws upon the viewer’s familiarity with media such as newscasts and popular television shows before breaking them down using humor and duration to reveal the absurdity of mass media—along with a common susceptibility in parroting such programs. Tonight’s program will include work such as More Please! (2007), which slows down and mixes together a prime-time mystery news show to heighten the elements editors use to create suspense in the viewer. Impressions of a Highly Coveted Demographic (2008) utilizes five individuals in the 18-to-34 age range, repeating back the audio from a popular sitcom as they listen, resulting in a synchronous chorus of particular emotions and sticking points from the “non-present” show. Hologram Analogies (2012) is a one-take shot of a ferry ride, filmed on a call phone, in which the experience is re-played and re-layered over itself to create a meditative “voyage” of memory. In a nod to classical musician Steve Reich’s phase loops, Action Phase Loop 5: Crane Hang (2016) extracts a singular action sequence from a popular blockbuster film and uses temporal spacing and superimposition to provide new insight into exceptional action film sequences. These and other films from Zemel’s catalog of experimental documents will be presented along with a question and answer with the good doctor himself. In addition, Zemel will conduct a workshop at the Northwest Film Center on Saturday October 19, focusing on the roto-brush tool in After Effects.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.