Mad Stork Cinema presents an evening of film documents about time travel, nostalgia, tourism, and development.
The Great Northwest by Matt McCormick
70min / digital / sound / 2012
The Great Northwest is an experimental documentary based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook of photos, postcards, and brochures. Fifty years later, Portland artist and filmmaker Matt McCormick found that scrapbook in a thrift store, and in 2010 set out on the road, following their route as precisely as possible and searching out every stop in which the ladies had documented. Patiently shot with an observational and voyeuristic approach, The Great Northwest is a lyrical time-capsule that explores how the landscape, architecture, and culture of the Pacific Northwest has changed over the past 50 years.
The Past is a Foreign Country by Dan Stuyck
45min / digital / sound / 2009
In April 1989, a body floats down the Colorado River with a bullet wound in the back of its head. That body is John H. Jenkins, rare book and historical document dealer. He had been at the epicenter of one of the largest document-forgery scandals in Texas history and his death (legally ruled suicide) is the start of a journey deep upriver into that exotic kingdom known as the past. THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY is an essay about forged historical documents, murder and scenic time travel (not necessarily in that order).
“An intriguing mystery that plays with a history. A documentary that takes a case and explores it through strange characters and dynamic structure.” — David Gordon Green
Don’t You Bring Me Down Today by Keith Wilson
3min / digital / sound / 2004
When this video was made back in 2004, the American suburbs were expanding as quickly as the popularity of pop star Christina Aguillera. DON’T YOU BRING ME DOWN TODAY is a 4 minute color video about isolation, swimming trunks, and diva-hood.