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


Credits

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
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

2019:
The Tension Here, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival at Chicago Filmmakers,
Chicago, IL (forthcoming)

2018:
Virginia Film Festival, Vinegar Hill Theatre, Charlottesville, VA
In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-MooneyMicrolights, 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

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