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Tunnel Vision (excerpt)

Suffering from a rare eye disorder, a man convinces his estranged ex-wife to drive him back to the places from their shared past so he can see them - and her - one last time. Shot on 16mm and HD video. This experimental narrative film is a cinematic portrait of blindness, and of altered perspectives on the past as it overlaps with the present. As a filmmaker, blindness represents the loss of more than the primary sense through which we understand our world. It is almost a sort of death of one's self; or rather a rebirth.

Ice-Bound

A study of space along the frozen shoreline of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the spring thaw. Intended for gallery exhibition, playing on a loop.

Tunnel Vision

Suffering from a rare eye disorder, a man convinces his estranged ex-wife to drive him back to the places from their shared past so he can see them - and her - one last time.

This narrative short film is a cinematic portrait of blindness, of vision loss and of altered perspectives on the past and memory as it overlaps with the present. As a filmmaker, blindness represents the loss of more than the primary sense through which we understand our world. It is almost a sort of death of one's self; or rather a rebirth. I draw connections between this fate and the lingering trauma of a failed relationship as experienced by two people looking back in time and re-living their shared history together. Hindsight is supposedly seen in 20/20 vision, but, like the cinematic apparatus to which I draw comparisons, it is not as objective we might like it to be or think that it is.

Furthermore, this film is my personal, road-trip portrait of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I like to think that it captures a unique moment in time for a city in flux, as it sheds it's industrial past. Over the course of six shooting days, my cast and crew and I shot guerilla-style across a wide cross-section of the city, exploring a diverse palette of urban ruins, empty lots, highway overpasses, and riverside industrial zones – the transitory “non-places” we pass through without a thought.

The film is intended to be both an audio-visual meditation on impending blindness and a road-trip portrait of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The film utilizes aesthetic strategies of immersive-ness, verisimilitude, and self-reflexivity to engage the viewer on a more sensory level and encourage heightened viewer activity within a fixed, linear medium. The cinematic apparatus, so often considered an objective method of documenting reality that parallels the supposedly 20/20 nature of hindsight vision, is instead presented as a metaphor for the ephemeral, biased nature of vision, a sense so often taken for granted. Multi-layered soundscapes combine with a visual aesthetic that expresses vision versus deprivation to evoke a disrupted sensory experience in the viewer akin to the fragmented perspectives and disabilities within the characters.

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    The official postcard for the film, displaying the film festival laurels the film has garnered.
  • Tunnel Vision excerpt

    7 min. excerpt of the 15 min. narrative short film. Suffering from a rare eye disorder, a man convinces his estranged ex-wife to drive him back to the places from their shared past so he can see them - and her - one last time. 2015 / TRT 15:45 / HD & Super 16mm.
  • Trailer: Tunnel Vision

    Trailer for the short narrative film Tunnel Vision.
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    Poster image

Ice-Bound

A study of space along the frozen shore line of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after the spring thaw begins. Intended to play on a loop in an art gallery setting.

  • Ice-Bound

    Watch the entire piece here. A study of space along the frozen shoreline of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the spring thaw. Intended for gallery exhibition, playing on a loop. 2014 / TRT 4:00 / SD Video
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    The tide carries in a sea of ice.
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    The ice-bound boat.

Ghost in the Static

A solitary security guard's mundane life is shaken when he stumbles upon what appears to be the scene of a violent crime in the forest outside the city. What he takes away with him that day will mark him for the rest of his life.

Shot in Super 16mm color negative film and incorporating a found footage aesthetic, where elements of documentary realism intrude on the narrative of the story, the film presents a gritty portrait of a solitary life in inner city Philadelphia. Ghost in the Static is a narrative short film that explores voyeurism, obsession and paranoia about the threat of violence in society.

  • Ghost in the Static

    View the entire film here. A solitary security guard's mundane life is shaken when he stumbles upon what appears to be the scene of a violent crime in the forest outside the city. What he takes away with him that day will mark him for the rest of his life. 2013 / TRT 10:40 / Super 16mm
  • Trailer: Ghost in the Static

    Trailer for the narrative short film, Ghost in the Static.
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    Found VHS footage.
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    Michael stumbles upon a crime scene.

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Kraemer is a filmmaker, writer and educator whose creative interests lie at the intersection between traditional audio-visual storytelling forms and the hybrid approaches to mediated experience promoted by emerging new media technologies. He received his MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University... more

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