Dream Work (for Man Ray)

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A woman goes to bed, falls asleep, and begins to dream. This dream takes her to a landscape of light and shadow, evoked in a form only possible through classic cinematography.

"Dream Work" is - after "L'Arrivée" and "Outer Space" - the third section of my CinemaScope Trilogy. The formal element binding the trilogy is the specific technique of contact printing, by which found film footage is copied by hand and frame by frame onto unexposed film stock. Through this, I am able, in a literal sense, to realize the central mechanism by which dreams produce meaning, the "dream work," as Sigmund Freud described it: displacement [Verschiebung] and condensation [Verdichtung]. The new interpertation of the text of the original source material takes place through its "displacement" from its original context and its concurrent "condensation" by means of multiple exposure.

Moreover "Dream Work" positions itself as an hommage to Man Ray, who, in 1923 with his famous rayographs in "La retour á la raison" was the first artist to use this technique for filmmaking, exposing the image by shining light through physical objects onto the film stock.

Main Prize at Oberhausen, 48th Int. Kurzfilmtage 2002 (Germany)
Juror's Choice Award, Second Prize at Black Maria Film Festival 2002, New Jersey (USA)
Best Editing at Expresión En Corto 2002 Film Festival (Mexico)
Best Experimental Short Film at Melboure International Film Festival (Australia)
Best of the Festival at THAW Festival of Video, Film & Digital Media 2002 (USA)
Special Mention at the New Zealand Film Festival 2002 (New Zealand)
Best Experimental Film at Nashville Independend Film Festival 2002 (USA)
Mención Especial del Jurado at Semana de Cine Experimental 2002, Madrid (Spain)
Special Mention at Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche 2002 (Germany)
Silver in Experimental at the New York Expo of Short Film & Video 2002 (USA)
Prix du court métrage Vision Globale - LOUP ARGENTÉ / Vision Globale Best
Short Award at the 31st Festival International Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2002
Honorable Mention at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2003 (USA)
Elected as one of the 10 best films of the year 2001 by Nicole Brenez at the
web-magazine HYPERLINK http://www.sensesofcinema.com
Elected as one of the best six experimental films of 2001 by "Film Comment" (New York)
Elected position 1 in Luc Lagier's "top ten of the year 2001" in "Repérages" (France)

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