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TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND FRACKING
 
TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND FRACKING
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Pam Falkenberg, Jack Cochran

United States, 2017, 32min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2018
Category: Documentary
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Winner: BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Crew:  Producers: Pam Falkenberg - Screenwriters: Jack Cochran, Pam Falkenberg - Editing and sound design: Jack Cochran - Cinematography: Pam Falkenberg - Production design: Pam Falkenberg - Special effects: Jack Cochran
Email:  outliermovingpicturesgmail.com
web:  outliermovingpictures.com

synopsis
An experimental documental essay, Teddy Roosevelt and Fracking explores the beauty and fragility of the North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana landscapes, contrasting the vastness and stark loneliness of the relatively untouched wild areas with the terrible beauty of the oil derricks, fracking towers, natural gas burn offs, coal mines, machinery, trucks, energy installations, and energy towns -- visual evidence of the recent boom and bust economy that echoes the cattle boom and bust of the 1880's. Teddy’s writings about the landscape and conservation combine with our images, and all this is accompanied by a kind of musical score composed and layered from natural and found sounds, e.g., a song of mourning for the death of Teddy's young wife using mourning doves, meadowlarks, wind, and water; or a song of terrible beauty for the modern day fracking footage, using heavy equipment, machinery creaking in the heat, clanking security gates, and methane flame burn off.

director
- Jack Cochran: Jack is an independent filmmaker who has produced, directed, or shot a variety of experimental and personal projects. As a DP he has extensive experience shooting commercials, independent features, and documentaries. His varied commercial client list includes BMW, Ford, Nissan, Fujifilm, Iomega, Corum Watches, and Forte Hotels. His features and documentaries have shown at the Sundance, Raindance, Teluride, Tribeca, Edinburgh, Chicago, Houston, and Taos film Festivals, winning several honors. His commercials and documentaries have won Silver Lions from Cannes, a BAFTA (British Academy Award), Peabody Awards, and Cable Aces. Jack was trained at the University of Iowa Creative Writers Workshop as well as the University of Iowa film studies program. Some notable credits: Director of Photography on Brian Griffin's Claustrofoamia, Cinematography for Antony Thomas’ Tank Man, Director/Cinematographer of vientonocturno, and Cinematographer of Ramin Niami’s feature film Paris. - Pam Falkenberg: Pam is an independent filmmaker who received her PhD from the University of Iowa and taught at Northern Illinois University, St.Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame. She directed the largest student film society in the US while she was at the University of Iowa, and also ran films series for the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, IN. Her experimental film with Dan Curry, Open Territory, received an individual filmmaker grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as grants from the Center for New Television and the Indiana Arts Council. OT was screened at numerous film festivals, including the AFI Video Festival, and was nominated for a regional Emmy. Her other films include museum installations, scholarly/academic hybrid works shown at film conferences, and a documentary commissioned by the Peace Institute at the University of Notre Dame.
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filmmaker's note
Jack Cochran and Pam Falkenberg are making personal films together again under the name Outlier Moving Pictures. They hope their new films will be worthy of the name -- avoiding the usual patterns and approaching their subject matter from the margins (which sounds better than saying that as filmmakers they're oddballs and cranks). Pam and Jack met in graduate school and made films together when they were young. Jack went on to become a professional cinematographer working out of LA and London, while Pam stayed in the Midwest, where she was a college professor and independent filmmaker before dropping out to work in visual display. Their first film together is based on Jack's short poems. Next is a film about the North Dakota landscape and Teddy Roosevelt. Along with that, a series of shorts about photo opportunities and roadside attractions in Texas, some short poetry films, and some brief experimental romantic comedies based on Craigslist's Missed Connections. Then, who knows?

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