Une Fois Habitees (Once Inhabited) is the final film of the French Film Trilogy. These works were conceived of as postcards to myself and songs to the passion of place. I noticed that the program in France called them “odes” which is a lovely word that seems old-fashioned and quite precise, evoking a sense of both memory and presence. The films emerged quite unlike my other work, as little stories without narratives and recollections of a French appreciation for American jazz. Cinematography concentrates on the spectacular natural light of the places: the films were shot with no special filters, particular technical “effects” or optical printing. I made a game for myself to edit them so that each could be shown separately, standing alone, and also be shown 1 – 2 – 3, as a trilogy form. I am indebted to poet Joanna McClure for her exacting and evocative reading of the vocal texts. (Sandra Davis)A La Campagne, A Khan-Tan-Su (Into The Country, To Khan-Tan-Su) (1992-99); 16mm, color, sound, 3.5 minutes, print from the maker
The colors and breezes of the countryside and house in Normandy. The blue crockery, the yellow lichen, and where the key in the monastery kitchen leads.