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Inner States: Tarnation (15)

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a camera roll of a woman with a young boy (mother and son) making faces at the camera

Part psychedelic head trip, part self-therapy, this classic first-person film never fails to astonish.

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.

Jonathan Caouette joins us for a live ScreenTalk on Wednesday 16 September, 8pm (available on Facebook and YouTube), hosted by Inner States co-curator, Alisa Lebow.

US 2003 Dir Jonathan Caouette 91min

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Watch: ScreenTalk Live

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ScreenTalk Live: Tarnation with Director Jonathan Caouette

Join us for a ScreenTalk as Tarnation director, Jonathan Caouette, chats to our Inner States co-curator, Alice Lebow.

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