Experimental Film, 21 min, 2016
16mm to HD,
Color, Stereo

Ocean Hill Drive examines a rare phenomenon, the so-called ‚shadowflicker’, that occurs in a suburban area on the outskirts of Boston. As a result of an erroneously installed wind turbine, the flicker effect, which brings to mind structuralist experimental cinema , appears instead in documentary images showing the landscape and architecture of a Massachusetts coast town.

The film focuses on the visual quality of the pulsating shadows that intrude the suburban domestic sphere and disrupt the social and psychological equilibrium of the community. Documentary images are complemented with a female voiceover, which is based on multiple interviews that were transcripted and assembled into a single narration. It slowly uncovers fragmentary memories from the time when the flicker began. An atmosphere of suspense and intangible fear is generated throughout the film, while the actual source of the flickering lights remains unknown.

 

Preis der Nationalgalerie für Filmkunst, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin (Shortlist), 2017
Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis in Gold – Best Experimental Film, 2016
Oberhausen International Short-Film Festival, Award Winner – NRW-Competition, 2016
Instanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Award Winner Documentary Competition, 2016
Prädikat „Besonders Wertvoll“ , Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden, 2017

 

Installation View, „This has been going on for years“, 2016
Chargesheimer Prize for Media Arts, Artothek, Cologne

 

Ocean Hill Drive Still 1

Ocean Hill Drive Still 2

 

 

Ocean Hill Drive, Excerpt, 1:30 min., 2016