Tarpaulins

essay film, 78 min.
Vienna, Los Angeles, 2017
in completion

companions: Nora Sweeney, Behrouz Rae,
Sonja Bertucci, Andy Rector, Ben Neufeld

show synopsis

Tarpaulins approaches the process of tent fumigation against termites in Los Angeles. The installation process, the workers' methods, and the social and symbolic meaning of the termites are depicted alongside the colorful tents as sculptural objects. Through associative and essayistic notes, poetic and documentary fragments, form and function are questioned in the space between microscopic infestation and macroscopic urban Los Angeles.

show dialogue excerpt

– Do you think they're beautiful?
– I guess, some of them.
Why? You wanna talk about beauty?
– No, I just wanna know what they are.

show credits

Experts: Mads P. Sulbaek Andersen, Alejo Obeso, John Ruddock, Michael Rust, Robert Schwartz; Additional Voices: Sonja Bertucci, Verena Dürr, Ben Neufeld, Andy Rector, Tamara Rosenblum, Lisa Truttmann; Hands: Nora Sweeney, Behrouz Rae; Tent Hunters: Ruben Acevedo, Bertha Alicia Aguilar García, ­Rebecca ­Baron, Manuela de la Borde, Betzy Bromberg, Alexi ­Gehring, Joshua Gen Solondz, Silvia Kochinski, Laura Kraning, Valentina ­Pelayo, Luciano Piazza, Behrouz Rae, Nora Sweeney, Heather Trawick, Solomon Turner, Elizabeth Webb.

Supporting Filmmaker: Nora Sweeney; Sound Recordists: Sonja Bertucci, Pin-Hua Chen, Ben Neufeld, Behrouz Rae, Andy Rector, Jacob Rimler, Jessica Smith, Nora Sweeney; Production Advisor: Nora Friedel; Technical Advisors: Gordon Kurowski, Paul Kyle, Ben Neufeld; Sound Mix: Aidan Reynolds; Voice Coach: Ben Neufeld; Interview Transcription: Andy Rector; Subtitle Translation: Bertha Alicia Aguilar García; Mentors: Thom Andersen, Rebecca Baron, James Benning, Chris Hill, Gary Mairs, Bérénice Reynaud.

Thanks to: John Ruddock and Jennifer Dee, Ruddock’s Termite Control; Alejo Obeso, Felix Obeso and the workers of his crew; Katya Arata Quiroga, Angela Quevedo and the crew of Circus Vargas; Ruben Acevedo, Yair Agmon, Natalia Almada, Thom Andersen, Bertha Alicia Aguilar García, Vivian Bao, Rebecca Baron, Amy Basen, Heather Beckmann, Duane Bennish - Elastec, James Benning, Kevin Berritz, Sonja Bertucci, Betzy Bromberg, Antonina Clarke, Sílvia das Fadas, Manuela De Laborde, Nora Friedel, Harry Gamboa, Jill Godmilow, Tian Guan, Manuel Hartmann, Charlie Hayes, Chris Hill, Michael Ned Holte, Adele Horne, Edgar Jorge-Baralt, Becka Klauber Richter, Silvia Kochinski, Laura Kraning, Nicole Krenn, Gordon Kurowski, Paul Kyle, Matthew Lax, Taeho Lee, Sharon Lockhart, Gary Mairs, Ben Neufeld, Christina C Nguyen, Patti Palmer, Luciano Piazza, Stefanie Pichler, Leighton Pierce, Charlotte Pryce, Behrouz Rae, Andy Rector, Bérénice Reynaud, Mike Rice, Jacob Rimler, Diego Robles, Tamara Rosenblum, Michael Rust, Ines Schaber, Robert Schwartz, Matthew Seidman, Terry Spraker, Lana Sharp, Zanete Skarule, Deborah Stratman, Mads P. Sulbaek Andersen, Nora Sweeney, Frieda, Ingrid, Erwin, Nina, Vera Truttmann, Alfredo Valle, Elizabeth Webb, Jonathan Weisburst, Louie Weiss, Billy Woodberry, Gerald Zahn, Anna Zwingl.

Supported by: CalArts, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Land Niederösterreich, Stadt Wien.


Tarpaulins

Essayfilm, 78 min.
Wien, Los Angeles, 2017
in Fertigstellung

Begleiterinnen: Nora Sweeney, Behrouz Rae,
Sonja Bertucci, Andy Rector, Ben Neufeld*