Ordinal (SW/NE) (theater version) (2017, 74 min, video, color)

"Ordinal (SW/NE) is an experimental documentary. The film traces the cultural and environmental influences of a soil-dwelling, pathogenic fungus, Coccidioides immitis, and its associated disease, valley fever, in California's Central Valley. Interweaving past, present and mythological time, the film draws upon historical and cultural references, including the plight of migrants during the Depression, the spread of the disease in recent years, contemporary theories of climate change, and the significance of the desert wind in ancient Assyria. In Ruperto and Keagy’s film, natural phenomena remain neutral, fleeing from any kind of judgment and avoiding binary oppositions of positive and negative, destruction and regeneration, life and death.”

– Ruth Estévez, curator at REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles

 

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Director: Rini Yun Keagy

Creators: Rini Yun Keagy, Miljohn Ruperto

Editors: Chris Chan Lee, Rini Yun Keagy

Cinematography: Jen Schneider

Additional Cinematography: Daryl Gilmore, Rini Yun Keagy

Sound: Mike Hallenbeck, Chris Chan Lee

Original Music: John & Emma Beams (used by permission), Daniel Oldham, Scott “Chops” Jung

Featuring: Dr. Antje Lauer, Josiah Ihem, Chelsea Rector, Joe Seely, Gleason Bauer,

Jane Edith Wilson, Kelsey Boncato, Edie Yvonne, Peter Lucas

 

Screenings:

Viking Theater,                                  Northfield MN, April 6, 2017

St. Olaf College,

Ordinal (SW/NE) (gallery version) (2017, 44 min, video, color)

“Ordinal (SW/NE), somewhere between a documentary and fiction film, narrates an episode in the life of a young Bakersfield man named Josiah, who is doing a report on the fungus [Coccidioides immitis, which causes valley fever] and the havoc caused in the area over decades. While carrying out his research, several abstract and semi-supernatural events take place around him. Affected by the fever, Josiah expresses his fears in visions that shift between hallucinations and reality. A supernatural character enters the plot of the film, the demiurge Pazuzu, a demi-god of Assyrian origin who, like Coccidioides immitis, derives its environmental force through wind and plague. Figures of the demon appear in diverse forms throughout the film, creating leaps in time and affecting the mind and body of Josiah without ever fully revealing its presence.” –Ruth Estévez, curator at REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Exhibited at                                  Los Angeles CA, Jan-Mar 2017

REDCAT Gallery,