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New Film/Video: non-feature

Does Anyone Ever Really Quit?

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Contact (be sure to replace [at] with @) : Bryan Konefsky, bryank [at] unm.edu

Does Anyone Ever Really Quit?

Shot at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2003, the obsessive behavior of Joaquin the black bear reminded me of a film that really impressed me as a young student. Once upon a time, the University of Bridgeport had an interesting film program with instructors such as George Morris (credited in Slackers) and video artist, Shalom Gorewitz. The film that impressed me was made by film students at that university - it was the first structuralist film that I remember being exposed to. Their film was a locked-down shot of an obsessive polar bear who struck his head pretty hard against the cement wall of his pen every time he cycled by it. The audio in the film was silent except for a loud sound of a cymbal at the moment of bear-impact... don't know what ever happened to those students - it was an interesting film (shot on 16mm way back in the early 1970s).

URL: vimeo.com/26120592

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