Common Ground

27:00, 16mm & super-8 on DV, 2008

Common Ground follows the life cycle of land in Southern California to observe the way economics are shaping the terrain. A portrait of place and process, where perspectives shift to question our relationship with the past, designs on the future, and notions of progress in today’s world. View an excerpt.

“An elderly man dedicates himself to his hobby, searching for buried objects with his metal detector. This is the beginning of a trip into Southern California, a land whose cyclical process of abandonment, decay, demolition and reconstruction is a sign of how the economy is making a mark on the land.” –Torino Film Festival

2011 Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival Green Market, Toronto
2011 Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Gainesville, FL
2010 “Southern California Landscapes via Experimental Film,” 7 Dudley Cinema, Venice, CA
2010 19th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs, AR
2010 12th Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI
2010 Experiments in Cinema v5.1, Albuquerque, NM
2009 27th Torino Film Festival, Italy
2009 Vidéothèque du Festival International du Documentaire (FID) de Marseille, France
2009 “The Best of Sheffield Doc/Fest,” Branchage Jersey Film Festival, UK
2009 “New Ways of Seeing,” Sunset Hall, Los Angeles
2009 Antimatter Festival, Victoria, BC
2009 Los Angeles Filmforum