Experimental / Personal Documentary

Experimental/Personal Documentary work

Folk Songs, c. 2007, RT 12:20
personal essay film
Producer/Director/Editor/Cinematographer: LeAnn Erickson

Description: In 1913 Sophia and Dimitry Makedonsky were teenagers when they left the Ukraine for the United States. Growing up in the Midwest, filmmaker LeAnn Erickson often heard stories of ‘the old country’ her grandparents had left behind. As Erickson travels to Russia, the search for a sense of ‘place’ sparks a re-examination of her family’s immigrant past. Her own return to America sets in motion an interior journey that leads her to discover a new vision of an ‘old country’.

Through immigrant memories, real and imagined, Folk Songs explores issues of personal identity and their connection to land, language and belonging.

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hours, minutes, seconds, frame, c. May 1999, 6:00
experimental video
Producer/Director/Editor: LeAnn EricksonDescription

Description: I’m sleeping, dreaming, and the time passes…hours, minutes, seconds…

Utilizing a dreamscape of images, text, and sounds, the artist contemplates issues of memory, time, and healing surrounding the anniversary of her mother’s death.

 

 essential things, c. 1997, 7:00
experimental video
Producer/Director/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: In an age of phone calls and email, written letters still occupy a space allowing for the exploration of lose, memory, and time as feelings and thoughts are shared with another. Images and sound combine to document the artist’s separation from her family over a 4 month period. essential things is a collection of ‘letters’ that could not be sent.

 

Caroline, c. 1993, 3:00
experimental film
Producer/Director/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: Caroline was a childhood friend of my mother’s. I knew nothing of her, save for the single photograph of her included in a family album. This film incorporates a performance of the reconstruction of the photo using sand and paint along with interpretive footage based on the spoken text, a description of the photograph. The film documents a process as it investigates the nature of photographs to transcend time, place, and memory.

 

Elements of Weather, c.1992, 8:00
2 channel video piece
Producer/Director/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: Compilation/documentation of a two monitor video installation. Images of wind and water from home movies and nature construct a journey of internal discovery that ebbs and flows between the two monitors.

 

Hello from Grandma, c. 1987, 5:00
experimental video

Producer/Director/Editor: LeAnn Erickson
Description: On Russian Easter in 1971 my grandmother recorded an audio tape ‘letter’ which she mailed to her absent children. The tape, long forgotten, resurfaced in 1986 and excerpts were used to create Hello from Grandma. This video ‘letter’ constructs an imagined garden where my house-bound grandmother’s spirit may wander as she shares feelings and songs with her children and grandchildren.

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The two-word film review: Blood Simple

Blood Simple: Holds up.
You may be asking yourself why I am reviewing a film from 1984 but, believe it or not, this film professor had never seen Blood Simple before last night. Every since Raising Arizona (c.1987) I have been a huge fan of the stylized filmic musings of the Coen Brothers. However, in 1984 I was still a young high school teacher happily watching films like Sixteen Candles and The Karate Kid. Edgy indie films were not on my radar. But once I discovered the Coen Brothers in 1987 I dutifully watched all their subsequent films- the good, Fargo; the good-bad, No Country for Old Men; and the ugly- Hail, Caesar!

Aside from watching Francis McDormand in her screen debut and the crazy M. Emmet Walsh as the detective (anyone remember his great cameo in The Jerk? Die, gas pumper!) it was fun to see the beginnings of the brothers’ style. With a very thin plot, I found myself noting camera movements soon to appear in future movies, wacky angles that Hitchcock would relish and the brothers’ consistent penchant for featuring great female characters.

This review is the long of it. The short of it is – watch Blood Simple. It holds up.

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