Critical Explorations into Florida Experimental Cinema

14 Nov 2015
10:45AM - 12:15PM
CEM - Mario

Critical Explorations into Florida Experimental Cinema

Lisa Danker – “Out of Place: Ambivalent Representations of Florida in Essay Film Narration”;

Christopher Harris – Panel respondent; Kate Shults – “Lush Pixels: Florida Landscapes and Analogous Video Aesthetics”;

Maureen Turim – Georg Koszulinski’s Florida Trilogy: Observation, Framing, and Montage

Turim’s presentation will include excerpts from Georg Koszulinski’s Florida Trilogy offered with theoretical and historical perspectives on his project. She will also consider the first section of his A Highway Called 301, set in Florida.

  • Cracker Crazy: Invisible Histories of the Sunshine State; 2007; digital video; 92:00 Using archival materials and original Super 8 cinematography, Cracker examines Florida History from a decidedly different point of view. “Koszulinski did his homework – he plundered state archives for vintage images and footage to mix with his own original footage… which traces the Sunshine State’s history from the earliest inhabitants to the present day.” (The Tallahassee Democrat)
  • Immokalee U.S.A.; 2008; digital video 77:00 Utilizing largely ethnographic and observational approaches to documentary filmmaking, Immokalee U.S.A. chronicles the daily experiences of migrant farmworkers living and working in the U.S.A. “In an aesthetically pure documentary in the vérité tradition, Koszulinski allows the audience a more immersive, emotional experience than most documentaries on the subject… What is our collective role in this chain of servitude?, the film seems to ask us, providing an opening for self- reflection rather than didactic sermonizing.” (program notes, Maine International Film Festival)
  • Last Stop, Flamingo; 2014; SD video; 57:00 Flamingo explores early visions of Florida landscapes, from the early 20th-century Koreshan utopian community, founded by Cyrus Teed in the swamplands of Florida, to the world’s largest planned subdivision—Golden Gate Estates—which projected a population of over 400,000 residents. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures, from the Florida Skunk Ape to the mermaids who perform daily at Weeki Wachi Springs. Before reaching the coastline at Flamingo—one of the last coastal regions of Florida to remain undeveloped upon—Koszulinski stops in Miami to visit his grandfather’s eclectic tropical garden. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leon’s European discovery of Florida, Last Stop, Flamingo reflects on the many ways in which Florida’s landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires.
  • A Highway Called 301; 2010; digital video; 54:00 U.S. Route 301 runs from Sarasota, Florida northward through the Atlantic states and ends just beyond the Delaware Bridge. A multitude of abandoned structures pepper the landscape and provide evidence of a cultural apparatus that extends both spatially (alongside the highway) and temporally (into past-present-future). What can the fragmentary evidence of remaining structures, or archi-textures, tell us about the people who inhabited these spaces? This audio-visual study seeks to answer this question, less in the form of visual-anthropology (ethnographic documentary) and more in the uncharted territory of visual-archaeology (science- non-fiction).

Moderator: Lisa Danker