Documentary Film

Still from Jan Andrews' In Suspect Terrain

The Sundance Film Festival will be in town in a little over a week. In addition to all the star-sightings and “independent” films featuring Hollywood actors that will be the focus of much of the attention at Sundance, the festival has some exciting, if  less-heralded aspects: the shorts, which you rarely see in theatres, the films from around the world, and the fabulous array of documentary films.

In anticipation of Sundance, this month’s edition of 15 Bytes features a video interview with Jan Andrews, a local filmmaker and video artist. Our interview features two clips from the video art that won Andrews a Utah Division of Arts & Museums Fellowship in 2010. On its website, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums features a page on Utah filmmakers; their entry on Andrews showcases her 1997 film In Suspect Terrain, which uses “choreography as the narrative structure,” to meditate “on the caprices of memory and the disjunctions of the self when the brain has been injured by accident (amnesia) or disease (schizophrenia).” It features movement from dancers Gary Vlasic and Linda Smith. View it here.

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