Other People’s Pictures
5/21, 315p, Women’s Building Buy Tickets
Lorca Sheppard, Cabot Philbrick
A look at people obsessed with the snapshots of strangers. These folks claw through fl ea market bins, looking for that poignant narrative a snapshot provides, and explain what it is that grabs them: One woman looks for old pictures in which women look defi ant and free- spirited; one gay man looks for hints of homoeroticism in snaps of bare-chested sailors. Nearly all of them look at found pictures as a form of accidental art. This lovely film works on two levels: as a study of the collectors, and as a compendium of images from their collections, frozen people reanimated by our returning gaze.
Monica Bigler, Sarah Prior
2004, USA, 30 min.
The name of their Web site tells the story—folks are scared enough these days to be building bomb shelters again. They just might convince you to do the same.