On October 26, 1997, Susan Eubanks shot and killed her four boys and shot herself in an act of extended suicide. In a psychotic break she believed that she and her children would be safer to together in death than life. She survived her suicide attempt and was tried for the capital murder. She was found guilty of first-degree murder and the jury sentenced her to death. Before the judge imposed the sentence, Susan was allowed to deliver a final statement. This film, Final Statement, is in her words. Falling somewhere between narrative and re-enactment, Final Statement endeavors to dramatize her tragedy, what lead up to it, and her plea for social responsibility.
Screenings: Milwaukee Women's Festival, 2016 Cornell College, McWethy Gallery, Iowa 2015 "Flesh and Blood",Aggregate Space Gallery, San Francisco 2015
Based on a found text by Alison Knowles, Regardless Of What The Others Are Doing is a short film that considers decisions for survival in the depleted and harsh world of climate change where there is "no reissue" of anything, including our shoes, when they wear out. Screening: Water Wheel, 2015
Vamos a Hablar/Let’s Talk is a bilingual video intended for Latino youth and families to discuss how to prevent unplanned pregnancies and maintain adolescent reproductive health. Director Kristine Diekman foregrounds the voices of Latino teen parents and adults who earnestly believe they could have made wiser choices had there been open communication. In the section titled Loneliness, teen mothers and adult professionals discuss how loneliness and abandonment may contribute to risk factors for teen pregnancy. In the section Parenting Styles, parents and children share personal stories about permissive or strict parenting styles and their consequences.
Produced by Video in the Community and funded by the Leichtag Family Foundation in collaboration with Mano a Mano Foundation, Vista Community Clinic, and the San Diego Office of Education.
This feature film is available in Spanish and English with a free teaching guide. To purchase copies, visit the CSUSM bookstore.
A Way Out is a documentary based on the stories of men and women who are in the process of leaving or who have successfully parted from gang life. Constructed from personal stories, the video is a cautionary tale, motivational portrayal of success and informational tool for youth, parents, educators, and the general public. The video is useful for those in the pre-contemplation and contemplation stages of getting out of a gang, as well people who can support this difficult process. It provides hope, steps they may want or need to take, as well as a realistic view of how difficult but worthwhile it can be to start a new life.
M for Mommy is a short, personal memoir that investigates troubled mothering. What are these insurmountable, unquenchable, vast needs we assign to the child, towards which the mother responds with fear, frustration, anxiety and rage? By identifying with child, we sometimes blame the mother. Is it only within the realm of another different fantasy that I can pull my mother out of her maternal agitation and let her rest in my mind and heart?
Screenings: European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany Les Inattendus, Lyon, France Reel Mothers: Film, Video Art and the Maternal, Center for the Arts, USA Bibliography: "Memory Work, Trauma and the Maternal; videos by Maya Zack (Israel) and Kristine Diekman" (US). n.paradoxa (Vol 27) Women's Work, January 2011.
The filmmaker enacts the limitations posed by single-handedly shooting video and recording audio in a storytelling performance about family, the cold war, childhood sex, and friendship.
Screenings: Artcinema OFF-OFF, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2000Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain, 2000 from today: conference on digitally mediated documentary work, Brown University, 2000 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2000 Transat Video, Herouville Saint-Claire, France, 2000 De Geuzen Foundation, Amsterdam, 1999 VIDARTE, Barranca del Muerto, Mexico, 1999 Collections, Long Beach Museum of Art, 1999 Athen’s International Film and Video Festival, 1999 Thundergulch Rochefeller Center Events, 1999 Electromediascope, Nelson Atkins Musuem of Art, Kansas City, 1999
Corpse and Mirror questions the ability of rational language to adequately describe and control extreme mental states. Based on a monologue by Tony Allard, the tape moves non-sequentially through seven memories of Allard's childhood experience with his father's manic/depression and institutionalization in a state hospital. Central to the tape is the use of poetic language--a strategy to convey the shifting unconscious through image, sound, and text--to delightfully unbalance our sense of the real. "In Corpse and Mirror, a grown son recallshis deceased father's bout with madness. His memories are constantly tripped up by the inability of language to express extreme emotional states."- Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archives.
Screenings: 16th International World Wide Video Festival, Netherlands. 1998 Pandemonium Festival of the Moving Image, London, 1998 Muu Media Festival, 1998 California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 1998 Tenants Resource Hackney, London, 1998 Brighton Cinemateque, England, 1998 Free Speech TV, Boulder, 1997 The Images Festival, Toronto, 1997 Third Interntional Manifestation of Video and Electronic Art, Montreal, 1997 Video Tensions, University of Arizona, 1997 SouthwestAlternate Media Project, KEDT-TV broadcast, 1997 London Electronic Arts touring program, "Passion: Possession", 1997 10th Annual Dallas Video Festival, 1997 ZKM, International Video Arts Award, Sudwest 3 Broadcast, 1997 De Appel, Amsterdam, 1997 Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1997 Av Ark, Finland, 1997 Bahia Festival, Brazil, 1997 New York International Film and Video Festival, Lincoln Center, NYC, 1997 Mill Valley Film and Video Festival, 1996 European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, 1996 Viper Video Festival, Luzerne, 1996 Festival de Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Canada, 1996 Athen's International Film and Video Festival, 2nd Place Experimental Category, 1996 "Male Madness", Pacific Film Archives, CA, 1996 "Of Sound Mind", New Langton Arts, CA, 1996 Pandemonium, London Electronic Arts, London, 1996 Women in the Director's Chair Tour, 1996 Washington University, MO, 1996
“Drift to Dust” is inspired by a text by John Berger in which he discusses home as a nomadic concept, a place where the vertical and horizontal meet (the tent pole and the ground plane), central yet constantly shifting. This idea of a shifting center is expressed through language, image, sound and text. This experimental video develops ideas about home, nomadic aesthetics, vernacular language and the Midwest landscape. Chinese characters for interstice, for melancholy, for above and for below are used as a poetic structure to orient a spatial and psychological return to a familiar landscape.
1995 University of Illinois. IL 1995 University of Toledo, OH 1995 "Nuevas Tendencias", Museo Nacional, Centro de Artes, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain 1995 2emeManifestation Internationale Video et Art Electronique, Montreal, Audience Award, "Drift to Dust" 1995 22nd Athens International Film and Video Festival, First Prize, "Drift to Dust" 1995 13e World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands 1995 The 14th Women in The Director's Chair, Chicago 1995 Charlotte International Film and Video Festival, Mint Museum of Art 1994 "Electromediascope", Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City 1994 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City 1994 Video Brazil, (North American Program), Sao Paolo, Brazil 1994 Manhattan Cable Television, The Kitchen Show 1994 "Environments: Two Women, Two Tapes"Threadwaxing Space, NYC 1994 12e World Wide Video Festival, The Hague 1994 Unquote TV, Philadelphia, public TV and cable program 1994 Poets in America, WNYC, prod. by Bob Holman 1994 IMPAKT, Festival for Experimental Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands
“Super Ocho” investigates American culture’s insistence on creating hierarchies of excellence or “goodness”, such as the “top ten” or the “big eight” or the “supreme being” or “evil doers”. Working in improvisational settings, non-actors were asked to develop actions and text exploring notions of God, national security, sports, truth-telling and spirituality. Screenings:
1994 Unquote TV, Philadelphia, public TV and cable program 1994 Poets in America, WNYC, prod. by Bob Holman 1994 IMPAKT, Festival for Experimental Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1993 The Kitchen Annex at The Threadwaxing Space 1993 Le Premier Manfestation de Video et Arte Electronique, Montreal 1993 The London Film and Video Festival, London 1993 Montage 93, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester 1993 11e World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands 1993 The Kitchen, NYC 1993 TV Slovenia, Ljubljana 1993 2eme Festival International du Cinema Super 8 a Tour, France; Special Prestation 1992 Bruxelles 2e Mondial de le Video; USAguest speaker 1992 10e World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands 1992 Muu Media Festival, Helsinki, Finland 1992 Australian International Video Festival, Sydney 1992 Mill Valley Film and Video Festival, California 1992 Athens International Film and Video Festival 1992 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1992 Hallwalls, Buffalo NY 1992 Rutgers International 8MM film & Video Festival 1991 TribecaFilm Center, FVA Angel Awards 1991 Donnell Library , FVA Angel Awards 1991 Bruxelles International Film & Video Festival, Belgium 1991 911 Contemporary Arts Center, Seattle 1991 Athen's International Film & Video Festival 1991 The Knitting Factory 1991 San Francisco Golden Gate Awards Film & Video Festival, Honorable Mention, "Super Ocho" l991 Mediamix 8MM Film & Video Festival, 3rd Place Award l990 The Brooklyn Museum, screening & lecture l990 Listen In, Harvestworks, Studio Pass, screening & lecture l990 Athens International Video & film Festival l990 11th Annual Third Wave Film & Video Festival, Austin l990 Mediamix 8 MM Film & Video Festival, Rutgers University, 3rd place award