Stones for Thunder, 2018
16:20 min, color, HD video and 16mm film, sound

3, 2, 1 . . . a TV director counts down, paltry images become actors, and bodies find sync.

“Stones for Thunder riffs on the increasing inseparability of public and private space through an emphasis on the televisual and

technological mediation of the world. It’s disjointedness is disconcerting and jarring; one is increasingly uncertain how to reconcile the
fragmentation. Points of connection are lost, within the film and, by extension, within the world we inhabit.” — Patrick Friel, Cine-File

“Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney’s Stones for Thunder, which I’ve now seen several times, continues to confound me in the

most sublime way. One feels it must be watched several times more for its manifestation to reveal itself, but then wonders if that even
matters—as a work of moving image art, its ambition is astounding.”  — Kathleen Sachs, Cine-File

"In lieu of a sentence and in homage to the style and aesthetic of Stones for Thunder, we’ve assembled a list of disjointed and fragmented

Broadcast or performative space
Isolated theatrical cameos
Flesh colored microphones
Flashing buttons
Consideration of Public and Private
televisual and technological mediation of the world
Disjointment, disconcert, and lost of connection
Peeping through the Keyhole Portrait
The Drape of the costume
The fold of the drapes
Shoes on the ground
Ready for the rally
Physical feedback
Tech Freaks, Acting Nerds, the Set is Alright
Make and get ready. Frame for Standby
We’re going out. I remember the first part. Camera, Keys, Wallet
Bus Fare...Check."

— Michelle Puetz, Snow Yunxue Fu, & Daniel Luedtke, 2019 Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival Jury Statement


Cities and States of Production: Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Beaufort, SC; Austin, TX; Charlottesville, VA; Istanbul, Turkey
Image/Sound/Edit: Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Voices: Caesar Glebocki and Melina Ausikaitis
Featuring (in order of appearance): Dorothy Humphrey, Caitlin Joy Shantz, Susan Barse, Maria Pecchioli, Chisom Chima, Mike Szlamowicz,

Sean Foltin, Kris Seale, Erik Elvgren, Tania Pedroza, Salvador Salazar, Andres Aurelio, Journee Cuffie
Music: Winter Haven by Golden Birthday (Ryan Sullivan)
Soundtrack: Chris Dammann
Sound Mix: Ralph Loza
Title Design: Sean MacKenzie
Support Provided By: The Luminary Residency Program and an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of

Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by
the National Endowment for the Arts

Screening History

In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, La lumière collective, Montréal, QC (forthcoming)
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Cellular Cinema at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater,

Minneapolis, MN
Corporeal Considerations, NOFLASH Video Show, New Brunswick, NJ 
Competitive Program Seven: I’m Still On My Way, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS), Iowa City, IA
The Tension Here, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival at Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL

(Winner: City of Big Shoulders Award)

Virginia Film Festival, Vinegar Hill Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Microlights, Milwaukee, WI
Imagining Minutes, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Sleepover with Channels: A Quarterly Film Series, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
Shorts 5: Revealed Manifestation, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL