The Eternal Footman

Inspired by a single Polaroid still and a short poem by Jack Cochran, and haunted by T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "The Eternal Footman" explores the space between callow youth and bitter experience, exemplified by an action figure whose only superpower is circling the drain.

  • Pamela Falkenberg
    The Cost of Living, Prada Marfa, The Bloom, The Nat King Cole Post Office
  • Jack Cochran
  • Jack Cochran
    Viento Nocturno, Paris, Babe's and Ricky's Inn, Tank Man
  • Pamela Falkenberg
    Open Territory
  • Pamela Falkenberg
  • Jack Cochran
    Editing and sound design
  • Pamela Falkenberg
    Production design
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Cinépoem, Essay, Collage, Personal biography
  • Runtime:
    48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Festival
    October 16, 2016
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Juteback Poetry Film Festival
    Ft. Collins, CO
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    North American Premiere Encore Screening
    Official Selection
  • Poetry Film Festival Silencio
    September 29, 2017
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Juteback Poetry Film Festival
    Ft. Collins, CO
    United States
    June 23, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Filmpoem Festival 2017
    United Kingdom
    October 28, 2017
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 6th CYCLOP Videopoetry Festival
    November 26, 2017
    Ukrainian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 6th International Video Poetry Festival
    January 19, 2018
    Greek Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
    United States
    Long listed for 2016
  • Atticus Review

    United States
    November 16, 2018
    First publication
    Multi-media selection
  • Mister Vorky 6th International One-Minute Film Festival
    May 29, 2019
    Serbian Premiere
    Official selection
Director Biography - Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran

Jack's bio:
Jack Cochran is an independent filmmaker who has produced, directed, or shot a variety of experimental and personal projects. He also works as a Director of Photography, with extensive experience shooting commercials, independent features, and documentaries. He has a varied commercial client list which includes BMW, Ford, Nissan, Fujifilm, Iomega, Corum Watches, and Forte Hotels. His features and documentaries have been shown at the Sundance, Raindance, Teluride, Tribeca, Edinburgh, Chicago, Houston, and Taos film Festivals, winning several honors. His commercials and documentaries have won Silver Lions from Cannes, a BAFTA (British Academy Award), Peabody Awards, and Cable Aces. Jack was trained at the University of Iowa Creative Writers Workshop as well as the University of Iowa film studies program. Some of his notable credits include Director of Photography on Brian Griffin's Claustrofoamia, Cinematography for Antony Thomas’ Tank Man, Director/Cinematographer of vientonocturno, and Cinematographer of Ramin Niami’s feature film Paris.

Pam's bio:
Pam Falkenberg is an independent filmmaker who received her PhD from the University of Iowa and taught at Northern Illinois University, St.Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame. She directed the largest student film society in the US while she was at the University of Iowa, and also ran film series for the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Her experimental film with Dan Curry, Open Territory, received an individual filmmaker grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the Center for New Television and the Indiana Arts Council. OT was screened at numerous film festivals, including the AFI Video Festival, and was nominated for a regional Emmy. Her other films include museum installations, scholarly/academic hybrid works shown at film conferences, and a documentary commissioned by the Peace Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

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Director Statement

Jack Cochran and Pam Falkenberg are making personal films together again, this time under the name Outlier Moving Pictures. They hope their new films will be worthy of the name -- avoiding the usual patterns and approaching their subject matter from the margins (which sounds better than saying that as filmmakers they're oddballs and cranks). Pam and Jack met in graduate school and made films together when they were young. Jack went on to become a professional cinematographer working out of LA and London, while Pam stayed in the Midwest, where she was a college professor and independent filmmaker before dropping out to work in visual display. Their first films together are based on Jack's short poems. Next is a film about the North Dakota landscape and Teddy Roosevelt. Along with that, a series of shorts about photo opportunities and roadside attractions in Texas. Then, who knows?