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Houseproud (home movie)

Houseproud (home movie) is an experimental short video exploring virtual and temporal fragmentation of personal family histories.

A computer program is used to manipulate old family movies to the sound of my mother's voice. As I interview her about her childhood, layered fragments of stylized video clips morph and jump. These scenes are interrupted by the phone ringing and the slicing of an orange. A switch back from memories of the past to day to day life in the present; her answering the call of friends and me preparing a snack for my son.

  • Tess Cortés
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    8mm, Digital
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Director Biography - Tess Cortés

Tess Cortés is a visual artist, curator, and educator living in Dayton, Ohio. She received an MFA in Electronic Art from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in Painting from Wright State University. Her work has been screened nationally and abroad including at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, C-Link Gallery in Cincinnati, Bedford Gallery in California, and Festival Fotogenia in México. In 2019, Tess received an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District. She has served as a grant panelist for the Ohio Arts Council and gallery coordinator for Wright State University’s Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries. She is currently an instructor of motion design at The Modern College of Design in Dayton, Ohio.

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