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Tunnel Vision (excerpt)

This is a 7 minute excerpt of the larger 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. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "Persona," this experimental narrative serves as a portrait of literal and metaphorical blindness, as the characters' memories of the past overlap with the fragmentary experiences of the present. Shot on Super 16mm and HD video.

Ice-Bound

A study of space along the frozen shoreline of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the spring thaw. Intended for gallery exhibition. Exhibitions include: Light City Baltimore, Taubman Museum at Virginia Tech University, and Tyler School of Art Gallery at Temple University.

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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 hybrid approaches to mediated experience promoted by emerging new media technologies. His film and video work is often inspired by the "non-places" of society - urban ruins, empty lots, highway overpasses and industrial zones - transitory spaces we often pass through unseeing - that are the cinematic backdrop for his personal, character-driven stories. His... more

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. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "Persona," this experimental narrative serves as a portrait of literal and metaphorical blindness, as the characters' memories of the past overlap with the fragmentary experiences of the present.

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.

Shot on Super 16mm and HD video. Select screenings: iHouse Philadelphia, Wisconsin Film Festival, Yonkers Film Festival, Cincinnati Film Festival, Chesapeake Film Festival and Alexandria Film Festival.

  • Tunnel Vision (excerpt)

    This is a 7 minute excerpt of the larger 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. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's "Persona," this experimental narrative serves as a portrait of literal and metaphorical blindness, as the characters' memories of the past overlap with the fragmentary experiences of the present. Shot on Super 16mm and HD video.
  • Trailer: Tunnel Vision

    Trailer for the short narrative film Tunnel Vision.
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    Poster image
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    The official postcard for the film, displaying the film festival laurels the film has garnered.

Family Medicine

It is Dr. Susan Hardy's first day on the job at her father's rustic small town family practice after taking over when a heart attack forces him into early retirement. Susan is determined to make the best of what she sees as a bad situation until her loquacious assistant, Betsy, and an unruly first patient cause everything to spiral out of control. Things only get worse when her father arrives to meddle in her affairs. This short comedic film and webseries pilot episode is a farcical and character-driven story about a young female doctor struggling to step out from her father’s shadow as she fights to take control of his dilapidated, rural family practice.

Screenings: Philly Film Showcase, Palm Springs International Comedy Festival, Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, Queen City Film Festival, Wildwood Film Festival, Plum Tuckered Film Festival, Clifton Film Celebration, Short to the Point Film Festival

15:30 Runtime. Shot on the RED Cinema Camera.

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.

Ice-Bound

A study of space along the frozen shoreline of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the spring thaw. Intended for gallery exhibition. Exhibitions include: Light City Baltimore, Taubman Museum at Virginia Tech University, and Tyler School of Art Gallery at Temple University.

  • 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.

Just Another Day

It will begin like just another day when the unthinkable happens and an active shooter event occurs. Will you know what to do to help increase your chances of survival? Depicting the three recommended actions to take if ever in such a situation – Avoid, Deny, Defend – this video profiles the experiences of a handful of students, professors and staff who come face to face with an active shooter attack on a college campus. Addressing what to do and how the university community will respond, this dramatization serves as an important public service message seeking to promote increased awareness and preparedness in the community.

This video has currently over 1.3 million views on YouTube.
12:10 runtime, Shot on RED Cinema Camera.

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