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“[OPENING] is attentive to small movements—cars in the distance, a herd of sheep. Austere but intensely focused compositions suggest that mindful observation can render ordinary sights meaningful.” —Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

OPENING reveals the city in the landscape and the landscape in the city. The images come from in-between spaces: off-ramps and back alleys. Instead of stitching these unlike things together, the cuts create space and emphasize distance. Three musicians playing very clear, very quiet, very long tones accompany the film. The indeterminacy of the music provides a stark contrast to the fixed nature of the film print. While the dynamic between recorded sound and live sound creates a palpable tension between the film and the room, the overall experience is one of quiet observation.

OPENING from Madison Brookshire on Vimeo.