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Cats Garden / Birds

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Film Identifier: F.2011-01-0164
Run Time
0h 0m 0s
Format
8mm
Color
Color
Sound
Silent
Date Produced
1982
Abstract
Elam provides a small, voyeuristic case study of animal behavior in “Cat Garden / Birds.” Via binary structure, the film begins swiveling about (what appears to be) Elam’s Logan Square backyard inhabited by two black cats salient to her work. Initially out of focus, the cats loiter, drenched in saturated colors. Shedding ambiguity, Elam puts the cats in focus, but only briefly before flaring out the image, transitioning to survey a posse of birds hopping about a bird feeder (visual markers indicate a different location [potentially Memphremago, VT, a locale visited in other portions of Elam’s work]). The birds fraternize, perch, and munch as the camera interweaves focus from indivudals to the group.
Main Credits
Elam, JoAnn (is filmmaker)
Form
Short