Two Portraits (T. and the Small Picture Frame & Ethna's Suite, So Long)

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T. and the Small Picture Frame (1986), Black and White, 12 minutes
This film is similar to a slide "home movie picture show," it being more in the tradition of amateur portrait presentation than anything else. It is, of course, a loving portrait of my family, however tinged beneath a veil of youthful ambivalence.

Ethna's Suite, So Long (1986), Color, and Black & White, 15 minutes
This film portrait of Ethna Duffy (and myself by implication) summarizes several years between us. It consists of images collected between 1974 and 1980 edited in relation to a soundtrack, which consists of an audio landscape of telephonic interruptions as they are interwoven with Ethna's extemporaneous observations recorded on a telephone answering machine between 1977 and 1978. This film, I think, reflects our mutual love and "lunacy" which was often deflected and by inference indirectly located.

A partial transcript of the soundtrack from this film has been published in the magazine Motion Picture, Vol. 1, Number 3, Winter/Spring 1987.

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