The Length of Day

Laura Conway

Digital Video

The Length of Day is a collaged essay film about Billie Bramhall, the artist’s maternal Grandmother and her involvement in the communist party during the McCarthy era. The film uses various tactics to aestheticize an archive both inherited and generated of texts, objects, and cinematic fragments.  Marinated in a bittersweet sadness the film mourns loss in multiple timelines; young radicals losing their ideals in the face of history, the death of the protagonists, and the loss of an alternative to capitalism. This exhibition is an archive of historical ephemera and audio-visual fragments generated during the production of the film. 

 

Laura Conway is a filmmaker and DJ based in Denver, Colorado. Laura’s filmmaking practice uses absurdity and surrealism to grapple with the complexities of life in late capitalism. Employing whimsy to confront power structures Laura’s films navigate a terrain between camp and reverence,  the grotesque and the sensual, and the cliched and the still-possible. Laura believes that cultivating creative communities is as crucial as the creative act itself and aims to facilitate and create in equal measure. Laura, therefore, curates art events, hosts DIY music shows, and books alternative film events.

Excerpts from The Length of a Day

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