Surveillance 3

2004 | DV color | 8:30


Surveillance 3 places us in New York City on the final night of the 2004 Republican National Convention. Information unfolds in small increments as the film’s meaning and tenuous narrative thread are only gradually revealed and apprehended. Amid a sea of protesters and police awaiting the acceptance speech of President George Bush, a young worker prepares for the launch of a new Diesel clothing store. He cleans the interior surface of the store’s window, safe within a hermetic, commercial universe, sealed off from the tumultuous events occurring just outside. The primal chants of hoards of protesters are heard: Where’s Osama?, Saudi money!, Corporate Media sucks!, G.O.P. go home! The quiet dignity of simple labor, sensual and elegant, is juxtaposed with the standoff between impassioned crowds and stoic police officers.

 “In this experimental short film—which has politics at its core—we are urged to contemplate the overwhelming pressures of the global everyday: labor, capital and the inexorable march of wayward politics.” —Shilyh Warren