Ben Russell is on Vimeo.
Daumë from Ben Russell on Vimeo.
(7:00, 16mm, color/B/W, sound, 2000)
“One of the strangest films I have ever seen; its characters come and go as if they’re ‘primitives’ posing for the camera, either obeying or fighting an ethnographer’s controlling eye.” – Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
That’s the first film of his I ever saw, back in 2003 in my first 16mm film class with Leslie Thornton.
The Red and the Blue Gods from Ben Russell on Vimeo.
(8:00, 16mm, live sound, 2005)
An ethnographic field report in which the Anthropologist describes the mythic creation of an unnamed ‘sun-scraping structure’ through the ritualized actions of the Red and the Blue Gods.
Performed with live narration and sound effects over a pre-recorded soundscape.
This one, he had in the Movies with Live Soundtracks that played in the very very crowded upstairs of some building at RISD that I forget the name of. That was a great show.
I could embed all of his work here, but that would be annoying. Just go over to his Vimeo page and enjoy.