Handful of Dust
9 minutes, HD, US, 2013
Prussian blue can be used to render images and counteract radiation poisoning. This obituary is composed of sequences of hundreds of cyanotypes, exposed in the sand using paper sensitized with handmade emulsion and negatives from a 1954 American film shot in Cinemascope. Rates of cancer in the film's cast and crew reflect that it was shot downwind during the period of above ground nuclear testing. Handful of Dust, produced in the Utah canyon where the 1954 film was shot, is designed as an antidote to recover the memory of the downwinders.
Screenings include 25fps, Zagreb; Anthology Film Archive; Une (h)antologie de l'Anthropocène, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Flatpack Festival, Birmingham; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Iowa City Docs; LIMA Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine; Los Angeles Filmforum; New York Film Festival; Punto de Vista, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Pamplona; Strange Beauty, Durham.