Altered Perceptions

Altered Perceptions (2023)

Altered Perceptions opens with an aerial image of the Statue of Liberty – that symbol of American freedom and openness to others – at night. To the right is scrolling text that reads “THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION” (sometimes written forwards, but mostly in reverse via mirror writing). As though to validate that message,…

Monolith

Monolith (2022)

Monolith had its international première at SXSW 2023 The Interviewer (Lily Sullivan) has undermined herself. Unnamed but ever-present in Matt Vesely’s feature debut Monolith, she is a journalist whose latest exposé has put her under a cloud, and led to her losing her job with the Evening Journal. Maybe her subject David Langley was guilty…

Pizzagate Massacre

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) (2020)

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) had its international première at Grimmfest 2021 In the opening sequence of writer/director/editor/producer/composer John Valley’s feature, a reporter (Derek Babb) addresses the camera about recent incidents of mass murder in Texas linked to a debunked conspiracy theory, and about footage shot by an eyewitness which would “introduce the world to…

Wander

Wander (2020)

The text with which Wander opens offers a dedication to “all indigenous, black, and people of color who are targeted and have been displaced through border control on stolen land”, and expresses a desire to “expose government violences, propel change and honor the voices of those who have been silenced.” Sure enough, the film opens…

Koreatown

Murder Death Koreatown (2020)

“It’s too dark, I can’t see,” says the unnamed (and unseen) investigator at the beginning of Murder Death Koreatown, filming from his Koreatown apartment as police lead someone off in the alley below. “It looks like a woman.” The investigator has just captured on camera the arrest of Mi-sun Yoo for stabbing to death her…