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ScreenTalk: Director Jonathan Caouette on 'Tarnation'

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16 Sep 2020
30 min watch

Tarnation director, Jonathan Caouette, chats to our Inner States co-curator, Alice Lebow. 

Jonathan Caouette was an inveterate filmer from a very young age, and in an effort to piece together his broken childhood, he edited fragments of footage using iMovie. The result is anything but amateur, as this one-of-a-kind film takes us deep into the realm of psychic disarray.

The film connects you to what a state of psychosis might feel like. It’s both a tender tribute to a troubled mother, and an attempt to use the power of film to heal the wounds left from a dysfunctional childhood. With unforgettable performances and kaleidoscopically intense editing, this film could rival any experimental fiction film and yet, its power resides in its firm grounding in lived experience.

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