THE OBITUARY PROJECT

American artist Hope Tucker reframes the passing of sites, people, communities, freedoms, cultural markers, rituals, and ways of being. Since 2000, as director of The Obituary Project, a compendium of works that transform a daily narrative form and the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography, she has documented shuttered bread factories, contested monuments, and fallen witness trees; animated cyanotypes of downwinders and old instructions for making fishing nets by hand; written the entire text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance; retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths in Finland; and preserved reckonings made by travelers to the site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb. 


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Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf

16:35 minutes
color & b/w
Austria/US 
2018

Forty years ago Austrians voted against opening a nuclear power plant that had already been built. Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf is a monument to the power of public protest and the potential of a democratic vote.

Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf premiered in New Visions at the San Francisco International Film Festival (2018) and internationally at the Festival International Jean Rouch, Musee de l’Homme, Paris. It was Winner of the Swedenborg Film Festival, London, curated by Gareth Evans and Nora Foster and judged by Chloe Aridjis (2019) and a Finalist in the Small Axe Competition of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, Dorset, UK (2019).   Additional festival screenings include: (2020) Jaipur International Film Festival, Rajasthan, India; Vienna Shorts, Austria. (2019) AmDocs, Palm Springs, California; Athens International Film & Video Festival; Big Muddy, Carbondale, IL; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Iowa City Docs; Tehran International, Iran.