As a non-native, I learned about Nebraska through the history of the Dust Bowl and the art of the Great Plains. The Nebraskan landscape became a personal metaphor for labor and struggle, for duty, vast opportunity, and the possibility for freedom. The people of Nebraska have been part of that landscape. Fiercely hard-working and dutiful, only native Nebraskans could gracefully traverse the starkly desolate psychogeography seen in WAXING.
For this film, I helmed the camera on the frozen tides of the Nebraskan Plains in winter. Looking to the frigid skies and our eerily close neighbor, the Moon, this meditation on growing up, heavy responsibility, and an astronomical fear of failure documented my own dreams, recorded over ten years and remembered from childhood. Spurred by Jung’s Red Book, recording dreams has been a key component of my practice as a cinema artist. My stories often take years to unravel themselves, but in euphoric moments, I’ve awoken to an ending, a dream that ties all the nightmares together, and I experience a sort of transcendence; an epiphany. This experience is what my cinema hopes to offer.
This is a truly unique cinematic experience and showcases the Prairie Lights commitment to screen both traditional and non-traditional cinema from a wide variety of great filmmakers here in the state.
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