Terminal Cell (216)

Shot on expired 16mm celluloid, with an ancient camera, "Terminal Cell (216)" represents an artist's subjective, dark, gritty and highly satirical take on American socio-political issues.

  • B. R. Tatalovic
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    drama, experimental, political satire
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2004
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) FastForward Show

    United States
    January 5, 2005
    -- Official Selection
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland

    United States
    April 17, 2017
    -- Official Selection
Director Biography - B. R. Tatalovic

Serb-American motion picture artist and media educator. Immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia in 1988 (as 22-year old). In his 20s and 30s worked as: union steelworker (USWA), milling machinist, VHS rental clerk, and home repairs "handy man". Known today (or, since early 2000s) as: multimedia artist, screenwriter, and film producer/director/actor. His accolades include: independent film producing awards, regional congressional awards for small business startup, Emmy-Foundation award from Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) for producing, as well as multiple festival awards for film/video directing and screenwriting. Exhibited worldwide: over 50 international film festivals and conventions, including special screenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA, 2017), and Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA, 2005). Tatalovic's directorial work includes several short films, music/concert segment and features, one documentary film, and two narrative fiction feature-length films (distributed internationally). He's also an accomplished screen actor, with several lead/supporting roles in American independent films. Tatalovic holds an MFA degree in Film and TV Producing from Chapman University's Dodge Conservatory (Hayde Scholar). Since 2009, he teaches film and media studies at Cuyahoga Community College (tenured faculty), and he's a proud member of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

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Director Statement

Shot on expired 16mm Kodak celluloid film, using legendary Bolex Paillard, a 70 years old camera (for "dirty silent era look"), the short film takes on U.S. presidential elections of 2004, using an unapologetic storytelling style, dark humor, satire, and audio/visual experimentation. It's a very subjective and politically "incorrect" motion picture - not recommended for those who might be easily offended by writer's in-your-face approach. The film openly challenges American socio-political hypocrisy and calls for an honest discussion. See it, screen it, talk to me about it... Peace.