O Night Without Objects, A Trilogy

VideoTRT: 60.00. Created, Shot and Edited by Jeanne C. Finley & John Muse. Narration: Pamela Z. Original Music:  Pamela Z & Michael Becker. Sound Design: Jim McKee at Earwax.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998
Lincoln Center, New York, 1998
Denver Film Festival, 1998
Mill Valley Film Festival, 1998
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 1998
International Jewish Festival - Best Documentary Award, 1998
MuuMediaFestival, 1998
Charlotte Film Festival - Jurors Documentary Award, 1998
Black Maria Film & Video Festival - Jurors Citation Award, 1998
O Night Without Objects, A Trilogy explores the relationship of conversion experiences - therapeutic, political and religious - to technology, fear and family.  The segments are stylistically diverse, employing theatrical, documentary and narrative means.  When viewed as a trilogy each segment informs and reinforces the common thematic concerns of the others, however, any segment may be distributed or viewed independently.  This film was produced during an artists’ residency at Xerox Parc, designed to bring artists and new technology research scientists together.
  1. The Adventures of Blacky (TRT-9:12)  Narrates the administration of a psychological test to a young girl. She views a series of cartoon drawings of a family of dogs and listens to questions concerning each of the cards. View Full Project Details >
  2. Based on a Story (TRT-43:14)   Explores the widely publicized encounter between Jewish Cantor, Michael Weisser and Grand Dragon of the Nebraska Ku Klux Klan, Larry Trapp.  After months of harassment from Trapp by mail, phone and cable TV, the Weisser family befriended Trapp, who then renounced the Klan, moved into the Weisser family's home and converted to Judaism. View Full Project Details >
  3. Time Bomb (TRT- 7:12)  Tells the story of a young girl’s experience at a Baptist retreat where a game called ‘time bomb’ becomes the measure of her desire to accept Jesus into her life. This piece explores memory, the power of crowds, rituals of conversion and the isolation of the child lost in the world of adults. View Full Project Details >