Net Piece One [Film]: Hometowns

This film is a story of insides and outsides, and of impossible plans. It was inspired by the memory of our childhoods in the American suburbs, in Connecticut and Orange County. Going into shoot, we had defined a couple of “characters” that seemed meaningful to us as kids. We chose these “characters” also because they had definite imagistic identities as well as social ones, and we wanted to explore character from the outside in: first as an idealized image, then as an idealized image in time and space, and only lastly as the vehicle of an inscrutable subjectivity.

We used improvisation out of practical necessity, and to get closer to the unpredictability that we feel is a part of the social reality, but also because making a huge mess and then whittling it down into a little polished object ready for consumption seemed like the right process for a piece about growing up in America surrounded by lots of beautiful pictures.

The improvisations we did were meticulously organized, but not much of that comes across in the film. Instead, the continuity you see is mostly a post-produced construction. The text that you hear recited over the images was written almost a half a year after the shoot, but before we actually saw any footage—it’s a description of what we think the characters we were representing would have felt in the situations we remembered being in.

This film was made with the support of

Lab:Time, a program from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program at STREB in Brooklyn, New York.