By Isabelle Hore-Thorburn
In 1976, the renowned filmmaker and prankster Bruce Conner released “Crossroads,” a short documentary on the 1946 underwater nuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll. Conner’s treatment of the original US government footage has had a significant influence on the so-called “found footage film.”
We interviewed American archivist, restorationist and filmmaker Ross Lipman, who has worked on two restorations of the film, about the continued significance of the piece. According to Lipman, the film’s continued relevance reflects “this crazy desire to obliterate ourselves and then also to record ourselves while we’re obliterating ourselves.”
Ross Lipman performed his live performance essay “The Exploding Digital Inevitable” alongside the restored digital version of “Crossroads” at DokuArts. The film festival runs until October 21.
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