Half Human, Half Vapor


2015, 16mm, 12:00

A mystic's sculpture garden amidst hurricane damage and property foreclosure.

"Traces of a human colony from a near past are unearthed through its relics; speculations about parallel possibilities emerge as debris turns into vapor." - 2016 Images Festival

This project began out of a fascination with a giant sculpture of a dragon attached to a Central Florida mansion. The property had recently been left to rot, held in lien by a bank. Hurricanes washed away the sculpture.

I learned about the artist who created this landmark, Lewis Vandercar (1913-1988), who began as a painter. His practice grew along with his notoriety for spell-casting and telepathy.

Inspired by Vandercar’s interest in parallel possibility, I combined these images with text from local newspaper articles in a haunted-house film that both engages with and looks beyond the material world.

2015 New York Film Festival - Projections (premiere)
2015 Half Human, Half Vapor solo show at Echo Park Film Center
2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam
2016 Onion City Film Festival
2016 Crossroads Festival
2016 Athens International Film and Video Festival
2016 Images Festival
2016 European Media Arts Festival Osnabruck
2016 Exis Festival
2016 Lima Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine