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Acid Rain TV: The Grey Stare

July 11, 2012

I’ve got a video featured in July’s Acid Rain public access television series, curated by Jerstin Crosby. You can see it online, but my intention was to create something that would operate in the channel-surfing realm – timed to (roughly) coincide with the cable television and DVD release of The Grey (2012), a Liam Neeson survivalist blockbuster…

…”The Grey Stare” loops a man v. beast stare-down from the final scenes of the film. I really got a kick out of the notion that someone would be flipping channels and land on what they thought was a new anti-wolf monster/action flick, only to realize (in a few seconds, probably) that thew were watching an endless, looped stare-down. From the Acid Rain Vimeo site:

“Acid Rain is pleased to present a world premiere of Shaun Slifer’s “The Grey Stare”. As with many of Slifers’ videos, he employs clips from animal-horror films into a new psychological space […] As he mentions, the theme of ‘man’ overcoming the odds and dominating nature is as old as the oral traditions, a metaphor for longstanding primitive fears, and the struggle for dominion. Though when filtered through Slifer’s perspective, with the triumph removed, we are left with representations of nature-gone-wild, wreaking havoc on mankind. The nature represented in his works are not only non-passive, but aggressive and specific about their prey, such as the monster sharks in Slifer’s “Testing the Waters” (6:31m / 2008) , or the bear in “The Roar” ( 1:15m / 2009)”

You can see the video on public access television in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Manhattan, NYC:
The Peoples Channel
Saturday 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Chapel Hill (Orange Co.), NC
Durham Access Media
Monday 11:00 pm-11:30 pm
Durham, NC
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
2nd Thursday of the month

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