Illinois Parables

Direction
Year
2016
Country
  • United States
Duration
59min
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An experimental documentary comprised of regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism and resistance, all occurring somewhere in the state of Illinois. The state is a convenient structural ruse, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how we’re shaped by conviction and ideology.

The film suggests links between technological and religious abstraction, placing them in conversation with governance. Locations are those where the boundaries between the rational and supernatural are tenuous. They are “thin places” where the distance between heaven and earth has collapsed, or more secularly, any place that bears a heavy past, where desire and displacement have lead us into or erased us from the land. What began as a consideration of religious freedom eventually led to sites where belief or invention triggered expulsion. The film utilizes reenactment, archival footage, observational shooting, inter-titles and voiceover to tell its stories and is an extension of previous works in which the director questioned foundational American tenants.

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Details

  • Original title
    Illinois Parables
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Deborah Stratman
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Deborah Stratman
  • Editing
    Deborah Stratman
  • Sound
    Deborah Stratman, Jacob Ross
  • Duration
    59 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2016
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Sundance Film Festival, UT – January 2016
    • 66th Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany – February 2016
    • True/False Festival, Columbia, MO – March 2016
    • 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI – March 2016
    • 19th Full Frame Documentary Festival, Durham, NC – April 2016
    • Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL – April 2016
    • Headroom Screening Series, Film Scene, Iowa City, IA – April 2016
    • World on a Wire: 12 Films, 12 Filmmakers, Princeton University, NJ – April 2016
    • Block Cinema, Evanston, IL – May 2016
    • Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX – June 2016
    • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal – July 2016
    • Kunstverein München, Germany – July 2016
    • DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo – August 2016
    • True Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA – September 2016
    • Union Cinema, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – September 2016
    • 64th San Sebastián Film Festival, Zabategi-Tabakalera, Spain – September 2016
    • 54th New York Film Festival, Projections – October 2016
    • 60th BFI London Film Festival, Experimenta – October 2016
    • Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata Festi-Freak, Argentina – October 2016
    • American Film Festival, Wrocław, Poland – October 2016
    • Viennale, Austria – October 2016
    • RIDM / Montreal International Documentary Festival – November 2016
    • L’Alternativa Festival, Barcelona, Spain – November 2016
    • Anthology Film Archives, NY – November 2016
    • Mar de Plata, Argentina – November 2016
    • Redcat, Los Angeles, CA – November, 2016
    • Filmmaker Festival, Milan, Italy – December 2016
    • EntreVues Belfort International Film Festival, France – December 2016
    • Zagreb Human Rights Film Festival, Croatia – December 2016
    • Ryerson University, Toronto – December 2016
    • Schmalfilmtage, Dresden, Germany – January 2017
    • The Public Cinema, Knoxville, TN – January 2017
    • Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia – January 2017
    • Doc Yard, Boston – March 2017
    • Glasgow Short Film Festival – March 2017
    • Essay Film Festival, Birbeck Institute, London – March 2017
    • Le Recontres International, Paris/Berlin – March 2017
    • The Sleeping Giant, Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL – March 2017
    • Belfast Film Festival, Ireland – April 2017
    • Brive Film Festival, France – April 2017
    • Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY – April 2017
    • Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH – April 2017
    • Syracuse Art Museum, NY – April 2017
    • George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY – April 2017
    • Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL – April 2017
    • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey – April 2017
    • Bremen International Film Symposium, Germany – May 2017
  • Awards
    • Stan Brakhage Award – 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Special Mention – l’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona
    • Prix d’Aide a la Distribution Ciné + Award – EntreVues Belfort International Film Festival
    • Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Prize – 42nd LA Film Critics Association Awards
    • Second Prize, Best International Documentary – Filmmaker Festival, Milan

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