rUN! a Mythography

director/cinematographer/editor/sound designer: Malic Amalya

assistant director/technical engineer: Nathan Hill

16mm with optical sound

13 mintues

Expected Completion: Spring 2019


Scientists use natural enemies and poison sprays to destroy these pests. Scientists have found that when we know the life history of a pest, we are better able to control it and prevent it from spreading diseases. “Flies and Mosquitoes,” Educational Film


ARTIST STATEMENT:

In the midst of escalating tensions between the US and North Korea, dropping the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, and decrying the Iran Nuclear Deal, President Trump issued a tweet barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Trump's 62-word social media post worked to shift discourse away from his military actions and foreign policy relations to the "burden" and "disruption" of transgender individuals and their medical transitions.

RUN! is a mythography of nuclear technology, pesticide, the military industrial complex, and the question of transgender individuals fighting for US imperialism. The film was shot at the abandoned Black Hole Museum of Nuclear Waste founded by anti-bomb activist Ed Grothus, the edges of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was detonated, along the perimeter of the decommissioned Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and in the valleys of Vermont’s Green Mountain range. RUN! also incorporates a remake of, experimental queer filmmaker, Jack Smith’s 1969 film “Song for Rent.”


Made with the generous support of the California College of the Arts’ Provost Faculty Development Grant.