/Title of Work/ "Container"
/Medium/ Single Channel Film
/Format/ Hand-processed Super 8, Sound
/Date/ December 2001
"container" explores the inhibiting, confining, box-like aspects of a corporate day job that exhorts employees to "Be A Leader" , "Add Value" and "Model the Way". It draws parallels between work and death, elevators and caskets, cubicles and coffins. It asks viewers to think about how the corporate world restrains emotions, creates fear, quashes new ideas, discourages independent thought and original vision.
"container" is a Super 8 black and white short experimental film. The film was hand processed to achieve the film's distinctive optical effects. There are no computerized visual effects in this film - "container" is strictly and proudly lo-fi. The film was shot on location at my day job office on a national holiday to ensure no one would arrive to discover the unapproved film shoot. My day job at the time was at one of the few surviving internet consulting companies.
D. Jean Hester - Director, Camera, Editing, Sound, Hand-Processing
2003 - New Members Group Show - LAAA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Screenings and Festivals:
2002 - Microcinefest - Baltimore, MD
2002 - Silver Lake Film Festival - Los Angeles, CA
2002 - Cinemaker International Super 8 Film Festival (in conjunction with the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival) - Austin, TX
2002 - Red Bank International Film Festival - Red Bank, NJ
2002 - Super Super 8 2002 World Tour (sponsored by Echo Park Film Center) - Multi-city tour of US, Canada, Mexico, Europe
2002 - California Works - Sacramento, CA
2002 - Zeitgeist Festival - San Francisco, CA
2002 - Flicker - Los Angeles, CA
Small Gauge Award (nominee) - Microcinefest
Low Budget Film Award (nominee) - Microcinefest
Best Experimental Film (nominee) - Red Bank International Film Festival
Award of Excellence - California Works