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 time and lens-based 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.  

Her works have screened in cultural spaces including Ambulante, Mexico City; Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna; Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires; Cairo Video Festival; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Musee de l’Homme, Paris; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; New York Film Festival; PBS affiliates in Chicago, Guam, and Tennessee; Punto de Vista Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra, Pamplona; Sundance Film Festival; Whitechapel Gallery, London.


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Atomkraftwerk Zwentendorf

16:35 minutes
color & b/w

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), a Finalist in the Small Axe Competition of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, Dorset, UK (2019), and received an Honorable Mention from WCTE-PBS. Additional screenings include AmDocs, Palm Springs, California; Athens International Film & Video Festival; Big Muddy, Carbondale, IL; Centre Marc Bloch, Sputnik Kino, Berlin; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Cinémathèque québécoise Montréal, Quebec; Iowa City Docs; Jaipur International Film Festival, Rajasthan, India; Mimesis Documentary Festival, Boulder; Tehran International, Iran; Underground Centre for Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus; Vienna Shorts, Austria.