RED SHOVEL

by Leighton PIERCE
1992 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 8' 00

A narrow angle of a view, closely watched, on the Fourth of July.

RED SHOVEL is an impressionistic documentary focusing on a few moments in a small town along the coast of Maine on the Fourth of July (American Independence Day). The approach to image is very painterly with the simple view transformed "with Turneresque luminosity." Most of the unusual visual effect is from the careful use of a shallow depth of field and natural objects (blowing grass, bushes, etc.) to bend and twist the images into a languid sense of time. In the end the film documents a state of mind more than a particular spot. It also resonates with the ambiguous metaphoric threat of a national symbol impinging upon the childs toy.

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 23,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 38,00 €