Dir: Leo Gabin
Drawing on Harmone Korine’s cult novel, A Crackup At The Race Riots shifts between various forms of ‘amateur’ video, creating a shifting landscape that incorporates everything from teenage webcam girls to shopping malls.
For a physical and electronic place where nothing really happens the results are surprisingly interesting. There’s no dare-devils, there’s no going viral and there’s no pets doing funny things. It’s all suburban ordinaryness and when put together an unusual story of social disconnection and isolation is told. This “news from nowhere” is quite fascinating to watch and has an odd resonance.
The film is rich in the raw American iconography that punctuates Korine’s works in literature, music and music videos.
Directed by Leo Gabin – a Belgian video collective – the film marks a continuation of Leo Gabin’s collaboration with Korine that include Leo Gabin communicating with Korine during the development of his hit Spring Breakers.
An experimental documentary, A Crackup At The Race Riots is a remarkable hybrid work. A film for the YouTube generation, a renegotiation of the function of cinema and role of narrative, the film is a remarkable, essential work.
Screens with: Clare