Stones for Thunder

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

“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

  • Kera MacKenzie
    Director
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  • Andrew Mausert-Mooney
    Director
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  • Kera MacKenzie
    Writer
    In a Perfect Fever, Local Ads from Faraway Places
  • Andrew Mausert-Mooney
    Writer
    In a Perfect Fever, Local Ads from Faraway Places
  • Kera MacKenzie
    Producer
    In a Perfect Fever, Local Ads from Faraway Places
  • Andrew Mausert-Mooney
    Producer
    In a Perfect Fever, Local Ads from Faraway Places
  • Dorothy Humphrey
    Key Cast
  • Caitlin Joy Shantz
    Key Cast
  • Chisom Chima
    Key Cast
  • Mike Szlamowicz
    Key Cast
  • Sean Foltin
    Key Cast
  • Kris Seale
    Key Cast
  • Erik Elvgren
    Key Cast
  • Tania Pedroza
    Key Cast
  • Salvador Salazar
    Key Cast
  • Andres Aurelio
    Key Cast
  • Journee Cuffie
    Key Cast
  • Chris Dammann
    Soundtrack
  • Sean MacKenzie
    Titles
  • Caesar Glebocki
    Voice
  • Melina Ausikaitis
    Voice
  • Ralph Loza
    Sound Mix
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Shorts 5: Revealed Manifestation, Chicago Underground Film Festival
    Chicago IL
    United States
    June 9, 2018
    World Premiere, North American Premiere, Midwest Premiere, Chicago Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sleepover with Channels: A Quarterly Film Series, The Nightingale
    Chicago IL
    United States
  • Imagining Minutes, Another Experiment by Women Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives
    New York City NY
    United States
    July 18, 2018
    Northeast Premiere, New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Microlights Cinema
    Milwaukee
    United States
    September 8, 2018
    Wisconsin Premiere, Milwaukee Premiere
  • Virginia Film Festival
    Charlottesville
    United States
    November 4, 2018
    Mid-Atlantic Premiere, Virginia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Tension Here, Onion City Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    March 22, 2019
    City of Big Shoulders Award, Official Selection
  • Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival (ICDOCS)
    Iowa City
    United States
    April 18, 2019
    Iowa Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NOFLASH Video Show
    New Brunswick NJ
    United States
    May 3, 2019
    New Jersey Premiere
    Official Selection
  • In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Cellular Cinema
    Minneapolis
    United States
    May 19, 2019
    Minnesota Premiere
  • In the Body's Tow: short works by Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney, la lumière collective
    Montreal
    Canada
    June 28, 2019
    Canadian Premiere, Montreal Premiere
  • That One Film Festival
    Muncie
    United States
    September 12, 2020
    Indiana Premiere
    Jurors' Award, Official Selection
  • The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium
    Los Angeles
    United States
    California Premiere, Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kera MacKenzie, Andrew Mausert-Mooney

Kera MacKenzie is a Chicago-based artist and videomaker interested in communication systems and the relationship between mental and physical environments. Through her videos, installations, live broadcasts and performances she speculates on radical subjectivities, the mechanisms of empathy, catastrophe and suspense, liveness, and control. She has screened and exhibited her work at spaces including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (France), Simultan Festival (Romania), Coastal Currents Arts Festival (UK), UnionDocs (NYC), the MassArt Film Society, the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Chicago Underground Film Festival. Kera has been an artist in residence at The Luminary (St. Louis), ACRE (Wisconsin), and Culturia (Berlin). She was also a 2015-16 resident at The Propeller Fund production space, and a 2015-16 Fellow as a part of a UIC/UofC/SAIC transdisciplinary consortium where she published the book Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Vol. 1. She received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. Additionally, Kera is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV, and an educator. keramackenzie.com

Andrew Mausert-Mooney is a Chicago-based artist working with 16mm film, video, performance and television. Andrew's work has shown in festivals, galleries and exhibition series around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the American Film Institute, CineVegas, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Gallery 400, Pleasure Dome, The Nightingale, and Other Cinema. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2012. Currently, Andrew is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV and Co-Founder and Creative Director of Mainstream Media LLC, a live stream production company. vimeo.com/amm

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Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists working primarily in film, video, live broadcast, and installation. They maintain individual and collaborative practices and together founded ACRE TV, an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network (ACRETV.org). Their projects together have explored transmission; seams in the scenery; liveness, simultaneity and typologies of time; and the possibility and politics of making new images.