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The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

Documentary Film
USA
2020
61 minutes

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Jim Finn
Cat Mazza
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Dean De Matteis
Jim Finn
Alexander Panos
Jesse Stiles
Colleen Burke
Shot on 16mm in national military parks, swamps, forests, and the suburban sprawl across the former battlefields, the film follows General Grant’s path liberating the southern United States from the white supremacist republic that took over half the country. Part travelogue, part essay film, part landscape documentary, it moves from the Texas-Louisiana border to a prison island off the coast of New England. But instead of relying on actors, vintage photos, and the sounds of bullets and explosions, the battles are illustrated with the paper reenactments of Hex and Counter wargames and bubblegum cards from the hobbyist gamer subcultures that have sprung up around the Civil War. The sound and music are inspired by the 70’s crime films to celebrate the destruction of the Confederacy. But the losers get nothing. Stripped down sound design and no music. Grant and the liberation crew on the other hand get the 70’s and 80’s synth jams they deserve.
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Truth or Consequences

Documentary Film
USA
2020
103 minutes

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Hannah Jayanti
Sara Archambault
Hannah Jayanti
Alexander Porter
Alexander Porter
Hannah Jayanti
Hannah Jayanti
Scott Hirsch
Bill Frisell
Sara Archambault
Hannah Jayanti
Truth or Consequences is a speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future. Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world's first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents who stayed. Combining documentary, archival, experimental virtual reality worlds, and an improvised score by Bill Frisell, Truth or Consequences is a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world.