THE IDEA OF NORTH Rebecca Baron (USA, 1995, 14 min)
Based on Baron’s discovery of photographs taken by explorers who never returned from their doomed expedition over a century ago, the filmmaker creates a chronicle of their final moments. She also considers the limitations of images and other forms of record as a way of knowing the past.
okay bye-bye Rebecca Baron (USA, 1998, 39 min)
A meditation in which Baron questions whether “image and memory can ever exist in the same space.” okay bye-bye takes its title from the phrase shouted by Cambodian children to the U.S. Ambassador as he fled Phnom Penh in 1975. This award-winning film combines spoken narrative, found Super-8 footage, photographs, letters and journalistic accounts in a profound reflection of the effectiveness of traditional methodologies in analyzing something as monumental as genocide.
LOCKE'S WAY Donigan Cumming (Canada, 2003, 21 min)
Locke’s Way is the photographic path to knowledge, full of twists and turns, treacherously steep. What can be known? Here, Donigan Cumming investigates the story of his older brother, possibly brain-damaged, who spent much of his life in institutions. Cumming sifts through old family photos and medical documents, commenting on what they do - or do not - reveal. The title of the work references English philosopher John Locke, who argued for an empirical approach to knowledge, and French novelist Marcel Proust, committed to remembered experience. Locke’s Way tries both approaches, with an outcome, finally, unresolved.