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Reynold Reynolds was born in Central Alaska. During his undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he initially studied physics receiving a bachelor's degree under the professorship of Carl Wieman (Physics Nobel Laureate 2001). Changing his focus to studio art he remained two more years in Boulder under the tutelage of experimental film maker Stan Brakhage. Reynolds then finished an M.F.A. in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. Influenced early on by philosophy and working primarily with 16mm and Super 8mm film as an art medium he developed a film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. Reynolds' depictions frequent disturbed psychological and physical themes, increasingly provoking the viewer's participation and dismay.

Six Apartments (2008) is a poetic document of decline and deterioration—both physical and ideal, hypnotic and melancholic. Six isolated occupants of six different apartments live their lives unaware of each other. Without drama they eat food, wander between rooms, bathe, watch television, and sleep. For them, this is life. Reynolds' Six Apartments sustains a mood of hopelessness, or perhaps more optimistically, one of melancholia, and even if the occupants remain unaware, the viewer sees: in death lies a great activity of life. One wonders if this might be a positive sign for the planet. CAMERA Kenzo Guzman CAST Cornelia Brelowski, Wolfram Von Staufenberg, Johanna Kunig, Edith Hermann, Norbert Decker, Michael Arndt Gastaud PRODUCERS Pierre Düsing, Lina Schuller, Marcela H. Polgar

Secret Life (2008) is the first from a three-part cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life. It portrays a woman trapped in an apartment with a life of its own, but transcending the narrative horizons of human desire, the film visits upon us a glimpse of a shared and sacred reality. Secret Life is a two-screen installation that defies the ultimate metaphysical taboos of temporality by combining novel technique with intrepid philosophical vision. Reynolds suggests that all living things are endowed with consciousness, meaning all living things have awareness, possibly even self-awareness (with the possible exception of the film’s human protagonist). While the space increases in its activity, the woman becomes an ever more passive element in her world. She goes through the rooms only observing the direction of her life oblivious to where time is taking her. She moves at a mechanical speed and her mind is like a clock whose hands pin the events of her life to the tapestry of time, all the while, the truth is transcendentally reflected in the mechanical eye of the camera. Her thoughts escape her and come to life, growing like the plants that inhabit the space around her: living, searching, feeling, breathing and dying. CAST Helga Wretman CINEMATOGRAPHY Carlos Vasques PRODUCTION Anamarie Michnevich PRODUCTION DESIGN Daniele Fermani ART DEPARTMENT Michelle Letelier SET CONSTRUCTION Thomas Maurer, Charles Green VISUAL EFFECTS Carlos Vasquez ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY Daniele Fermani MUSIC Hannes Strobl FILM TRANSFER Pictorion - Das Werk COOPERATION European Media Art Festival, Videoformes, Contour, COMA Gallery

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