Hilary Goldberg’s recLAmation: Watch It; Win One of Three Signed DVDs

So, let’s talk about Hilary Goldberg‘s recLAmation, a feature-length genre-hopping experimental documentary-slash-fictive narrative shot on Super 8, in which capitalism in contemporary Los Angeles is overthrown, and queer superheroes — one of which there’s a more-than-decent chance I inhabit via Gaylord Wilshire, spandex tights and flame-retardant cape notwithstanding — navigate a possible future.

Hilary Goldberg, recLAmation, movie

Yes. Yes, let’s talk about it. I spoke of its unique tripartite structure in a previous post, though in brief : In the first two sections, Consumption and Colonization, personal narratives interact with moving images of contemporary Los Angeles, stop motion animation, and sound design. Writer/director Goldberg’s memoir unfolds, offering reflections on time spent with her mother’s violent fiancé and in a mental hospital.

The filmmaker’s recollection of forced institutionalization is as poetic as it is poignant.

[ An excerpt ] :

“There were no ‘Please Do Not Disturb’ signs on the doorknobs because it was too late. Ghosts haunted the halls, moaning and groaning with each unbearable second. People cried and screamed and urinated on the floor. A man continuously kicked himself in the head with his bare foot. Others paced quietly, then dropped to the ground in fits of madness with intervals like a John Cage composition.”

As with the stark black and white film stock utilized in Goldberg’s neo-noir project In The Spotlight, the employment of Super 8 — an anamorphic film format known for producing a unique dream-like quality, as if everything is coated in an amniotic haze; it’s also believed to invoke feelings of nostalgia for the viewer, mimicking a sense of connection to the material presented — renders these passages particularly powerful.

Then? Then comes the third section : a fictional narrative envisions a dream of Los Angeles after it has been liberated from capitalism.

At any rate, after a successful international tour and critically-acclaimed jaunt around the festival circuit, it’s available to view via streaming, here and now. . .

The film stars Joy Anderson, Clint Catalyst, Irina Contreras, Amy Goodman, Jessica Gudiel, Jessica Hoffmann — with narration by Goldberg.

Preview, film stills, and contest info “beneath the cut” . . .

Official Trailer

via Hilary Go, on YouTube

[ With Irina Contreras ] : Queer superheroes, charging our “special powers”

Revved and ready to go!

Daytime Realness : Glitter Encrusted Masks and Furtive Glances : Total 21st Century Queer Superhero Working Dystopian Terrain. . . . it’s a Look, grrl ; don’t be a pain. Willing Suspension of Disbelief is not some jimmy-rigged carnival jive at Burning Man : ain’t the least bit sad to school ya, that’s the case.

Weak attempts at witticisms accompanied the following stills, though were axed in a What-Was-I-Thinking? read-through. Pretty sure you’ll survive; so let’s just make do.

A balancing act : On the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, also known as the ‘Suicide Bridge

And yep, as a matter of fact : sure did . . .

Now. As for you? Interested in a signed DVD? Leave a comment between now and September 9 — as in : 9 – 9 – 2012 — and consider yourself “in the running.”

Oh, and thanks for stopping by . . . as always : much appreciated!

Comments (17)

  1. 5:15 am, November 4, 2012Deirdre  / Reply

    animated gif, funny

  2. 10:52 am, October 20, 2012Gavin  / Reply

    animated gif, Helena Bonham Carter, Fight Club

  3. 12:38 am, September 25, 2012Deirdre  / Reply

    animated gif, cheerleader, cheering

  4. 6:45 pm, September 20, 2012Gavin  / Reply


    Animated GIF, Sharon Needles, Patrece

    How did I miss this…?

  5. 3:34 am, September 20, 2012Sigrid  / Reply

    animated gif, funny expression


  6. 8:09 pm, September 7, 2012Alcy  / Reply

    Count me in! <3 Really curious to see this one!

  7. 11:22 pm, September 6, 2012Rukia  / Reply

    Yeah, consider me entered (and how!). I’ve been wanting to see this for a while now!

  8. 11:11 pm, September 6, 2012Savannahxo  / Reply

    <3 Entry, entry!

    Oh, Clintasaurus, this film looks beautiful.
    Whether or not I win, I plan on watching this film.
    Oh Clint, you never cease to amaze! xoxo

  9. 4:28 pm, September 6, 2012melissa bethany  / Reply

    meeeee, I neeeeed to see this!!

  10. 8:26 pm, September 5, 2012Becca  / Reply

    Me, in? Oh, you know it baby. BRING. IT. ON. Pretty please?

  11. 3:14 pm, September 3, 2012Rikki Audax  / Reply

    animated gif, mash up, go

  12. 2:49 pm, September 1, 2012Tally  / Reply

    Um, obviously, I’m all about giveaway entries. xo

  13. 2:17 am, August 31, 2012Vulnavia  / Reply

    animated gif, mash up, go

  14. 12:04 pm, August 29, 2012Severina  / Reply

    entry…DVD please!!

  15. 11:57 am, August 29, 2012Wes  / Reply

    Excited for this as well. Signed or not, Very interested in picking up a copy.

  16. 2:31 pm, August 28, 2012P. Emerson Williams  / Reply

    What a great deal, either way as is the streaming.

    I’m loving the new site design! Very elegant.

  17. 10:15 am, August 28, 2012Sean Cearley  / Reply

    OF COURSE I want a copy.
    Even if I don’t win one free I want to know where I can flash cash for one.

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