In a Perfect Fever (trailer)

In a Perfect Fever, 2015
HD video, 8:20 min

In a Perfect Fever riffs on a ubiquitous trick in film and television history, where the switching of a practical light — a light source within the
frame — serves as a moment of conspiracy between filmmakers, characters, and audience, allowing drastic, even impossible changes to

the scene while still functioning as a believable, diegetic moment. Unfurling like a dream, the video expands to consider recent psychological
studies investigating empathy that find increased stress levels and shorter life spans for the individuals doing the caring.

How do we name the value of this costly connection?

"Empathy is generally a positive emotion though we shouldn’t underestimate the consequences of the stress it can cause. A stimulating essay." 
International Film Festival Rotterdam


Image/Sound/Edit: Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Voices: Sebastian Aguirre & Teresa Silva
Performers: Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Kera MacKenzie, Janine Biunno, Jesse Malmed, James Cordas, Kate Bowen, Seth Sher, Alex Narinskiy,
& Lauren Walsh
Live-To-Tape Crew: Tony Balko, Blair Bogin, Kate Bowen, CJ Brazelton, Jesse Malmed, Jordan Martins, & Marisa Williamson
Live-To-Tape Soundtrack: Samuel Hertz
Sound Mix: Paul Dickinson, Kera MacKenzie, & Andrew Mausert-Mooney

Screening History

In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, La lumière collective, Montréal, QC
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Cellular Cinema at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater,
Minneapolis, MN
Program 3: Intercommunication, Spectral Film Festival, Stevens Point, WI

In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Microlights, Milwaukee, WI

Visions, Opening Night of the Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (RISC), Marseille, France
Thinging BodiesGallery 400, Chicago, IL
_POSSIBLE FUTURES_, SIMULTAN Festival XII, Timisoara, Romania
ORBIT, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Haverhill, MA
Competitive Program #6, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS), Iowa City, IA

Past Lives, UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY
Year Zero (0), The Transversal Project, Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
After Dinner Before Dancing, Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL
Reality is Negotiable, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Video! Video! Zine 1, Online and Giron Books, Chicago, IL
SHORTS 12: Of Ever-Ever Land I speak, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
P.3+ at Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, LA
Half Suffocated, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

Production Stills