Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Santa Susana (2006)

It's rare enough to have really great students, rarer still to have students who go on to be practicing artists. Today, I'm celebrating the short film of a former student of mine, James Day, who has directed Santa Susana, an exploration of subjectivity and place--in particular, the struggles of Susana and her attempt to find her way in a place that goes back generations, a landscape that is increasingly alien to her, and now under the threat of "development." Will she hit the road, as so many American narratives invite, or choose to stay?

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