2013, 15 min., 16mm.
Directed by Shona Masarin & Cori Olinghouse. Sound by Andrew Hurst.
This is a trail through time forgotten—a shape-shifting, flickering portrait of histories overlooked and re-written; a reanimation—a moving body slipping in and out of eras that are not its own, reckoning with its own mortality and the porousness of memory; a conjuring--a spell written in silent movie intertitles, vaudevillian antics, and the physicality of memory. A ghost line.
An experimental dance film by filmmaker Shona Masarin and choreographer/performer Cori Olinghouse, Ghost line brings together the absurdist impulses of Dada and Surrealism with the kinetics of vaudeville, eccentric dance, and silent film to ask: how do we capture and reimagine—in a parlous age of oversaturation—the ephemeral power of the legacies that haunt us? Using the mechanics of film and dance to interrogate rhythm, comedic timing, character, and disappearance, Ghost Line is a visual elegy, an ode to the fragility of the material body and the vanishing of recollection.