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A Potter's Field

Documenting the suppressed and repressed death network of New York City's COVID-19 emergency, "A Potter's Field" uses natural and technological imagery and sound to reveal a taboo: pandemic corpses stored in refrigerated trailers are transported by truck and ferry to Hart Island, a beautiful natural landscape and mass grave run by Department of Correction (employees and) inmates enacting a process that has entombed one million New Yorkers in the largest single, spatially considered, gravesite in the world. Shot amidst a city lockdown, the film immanently creates a memento mori by avoiding the live human form and seizing in invisibility thousands of vir(tu)al pandemic corpses alongside their million kin.

  • Zev Aaron
  • Zev Aaron
  • Zev Aaron
  • Zev Aaron
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Reaktor Film Festival
    October 7, 2022
  • United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival
  • Artist's Forum Festival of the Moving Image
    New York
Director Biography - Zev Aaron

Zev Aaron is an analog filmmaker exploring philosophical interests that often concern death, capitalism, and technology. He lives for now in New York City.

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