A simple escape from the city
becomes the frame for a series of collaborative video essays.
Documenting Mythologies follows a group of media-makers on a road trip from Brooklyn to rural Maine. Diverse aesthetic approaches to documentary are used to explore a theme inspired by the 1957 collection of texts by Roland Barthes titled Mythologies. For Barthes, myths aren’t just the traditional stories we tell; there are myths everywhere within our everyday lives. They are the meanings that we take for granted, “the falsely obvious,” a confusion of Nature and History. For the group on this journey some fifty years later, myths are found in objects like little fountains, places like the Big Apple, habits like online personae, and in the ubiquitous and flexible word ‘whatever.’
Documenting Mythologies TRAILER from UnionDocs on Vimeo.
2013 | 66 min | Color | USA
2010 COLLABORATIVE STUDIO FELLOWS
Andre Valentim Almeida, Tina Antolini, Ben Thorp Brown, Rahul Chadha, Hyatt Michaels, Katia Maguire, Will Martin, Jolene Pinder, Joshua Gen Solondz, Shawn Wen + Robbie Wilkins
UNIONDOCS PRODUCTION TEAM
Christopher Allen, Jesse Shapins, Kara Oehler, Steve Holmgren,
Alison S. M. Kobayashi + Andre Valentim Almeida