The Magic Hedge - European Premiere
Frédéric Moffet, USA, 9 mins, 2016.
English, Spanish W/English Subtitles
The Magic Hedge explores a bird sanctuary located on a former Cold War Nike missile site on the north side of Chicago. Left to wander and observe, the viewer becomes aware of the park’s open secret: men looking for fleeting sexual contacts within the trees and shrubberies. The video highlights the many contradictions of a site historically devoted to military surveillance and now designed to preserve and control the “wildlife”.
Frédéric Moffet is a media artist, educator, editor and cultural worker. He lives between Montreal and Chicago. His work explores the slippery territory between history, lived experience and fantasy. His videos have been shown in festivals, universities, galleries and museums internationally including: Oberhausen Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), PPOW Gallery (New York), Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva), Kassel Documentary Film Festival and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival.
Saturday 12:30 at The Cinema Museum
Hot Docs Canada 2016