The woman narrates in voiceover, in Japanese, telling the story of a man who arrived in New York from Tokyo in 1988, hired a car and set out across the US. The images that accompany her account show documents and locations pertaining to the trip: flight tickets in a false name, maps, motels, rural homes, campgrounds, bagged up receipts, black and white photos showing pieces of evidence; the strangeness of America rushing past. It’s hard to place from which perspective the woman is speaking, at times she describes the man’s feelings and at others those of people he met along the way, is that what history does? Everyone leaves ripples in their wake, but they’re only visible after the event. (JL)
Michael McCanne was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural History from Goldsmiths University of London. He was a 2017 fellow at Tent: Creative Writing at The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, a 2018 resident at the Mount Lebanon Residency in New Lebanon, NY, and a 2020 grant recipient from the WAVE FARM/NYSCA Media Arts Assistance Fund.
Jamie Weiss is a Brooklyn born filmmaker and producer based in Madrid, Spain. He received his BA in Film at Boston University and a Master in Documentary and Experimental Film at TAI University in Madrid. His work focuses on history, power and unconventional forms of rebellion. His work has been shown at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil, and has received support from the NY State Council on the Arts.