How Does It Work? (compilation)

Jonathan Culp

2016, 92:57 minutes, colour / b&w, English


“Toronto's most indefatigable underground video guru” - Now Magazine

The epic and hallucinatory "How Does It Work?” highlights a diverse collection of found footage collages by Jonathan Culp. Their two decades of short film work encompasses gut-wrenching personal excavations, outraged revolutionary exclamations, and 31 flavours of masticated pop culture detritus.

1. How Does It Work? (2001, 22:00) A hypnotic psychic history of propaganda.
2. Death Mask (2004, 5:00) A photo album collage about grieving and loss.
3. Jonathan Culp! (1996, 4:00) Beatnik queer bongo seduction.
4. Chew It, Somalia (1998, 6:00) 16mm mashup on Canadian adventurism and racism.
5. Hot Divorcee (2011, 4:00) 50s housewife montage to Tomboyfriend rock song.
Reproduction Prohibited (2009, 5:00) Sliced-and-diced 35mm filmstrip ballet. (By Jonathan Culp and Monica Clorey)
7. Eventually (2005, 5:00) Moments of intimacy and sorrow amid direct action protest.
8. U!S!A! U!S!A! (1999, 5:00) Creeping cable TV fascism circa Gulf War. (By Jonathan Culp and Matias Rozenberg)
9. Design a Language (2012, 8:00) 16mm educational splice-up.
10. Plasticman and the Justice League (2002, 16:00) 9/11 media commentary.
11. Our Vacation Trip (1998, 5:00) Home movies of a vacation gone sour.
12. The Boob (1998, 2:00) Demolition Derby as metaphor for Mike Harris.
13. Down With Fun (1997, 3:00) Skateboard carnage to punk rock anthem.

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