“Images of Houdini bound in chains flicker and spin amid laceration marks created through hand-processing.” - Vanessa O’Neill, San Francisco Int. Film Festival

The images of Houdini chained and attempting to free himself: the stop-and-start (interruption-repetition) of his actions; the high-contrast of the images; the stroboscopic effect created by the rhythm of the shutter; the gashes in the emulsion from the hand-processing - combined with the layers of sound, all evoke the violence of a tortured soul in search of escape.

NB: View in total darkness to appreciate full flicker effect.

Selected screenings: San Francisco International Film Festival, 2011

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  • 35 mm,
  • AppleProRes,
  • H.264,
  • H-422,


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