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"Breadcrumbs [Крошки]": Bits and pieces of where I’ve been, all leading to nowhere, or the wild blue yonder. Starring Bruce Willis, Homer Simpson, et al.

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"Construction [Стройка]": The music of multicolored bricks.

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These video postcards from Kazan are all under a minute, and most clock in around thirty seconds. I am inclined to explain why.

  1. When in the process of rendering movie files in Final Cut Express, my laptop computer overheats and shuts down. I thus have to keep my movies relatively short.
  2. These things are actually fairly labor intensive, and my time is limited. I treat them as experiments: some stick, some don’t. Better to give it a go and have it be done with than work and work and work on one thing that totally blows.
  3. You know what, when I watch things on the Internet I like ‘em to be short. So I make what I like.
  4. All footage, save for that that makes up "Meat House," is taken with my point-and-shoot digital camera, which is primarily intended for quickie snapshots. Audio, too. This is what I’m working with, people.
  5. They are postcards, and language has broken down.
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"Look Out [Осторожно]": Look out of windows for the missing. Accompanied by a lousy Russian rap song I recorded off TV.

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"Crusade [Крестовый поход]": Putin’s Army, Korney Chukovsky’s Moydodyr, Bulat Galeyev’s Video Baby. Don’t worry, it was just a koshmar (or perhaps it is koschunstvo).

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"Overboard [За борт]": Let’s not get carried away.

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"Homesick [Скучать по дому]": In Transformers 3: The Dark of the Moon, the city I now call home, Chicago, is destroyed. What made the film worth it was the sequence, duplicated and repurposed above, that aped 9/11. Here you get a little of that and a little of a building my husband thought was a prison, but is in fact a rather alien home to the Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

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"Seasick [Укачало]": One day after the cruise ship Bulgaria sank near the Kazan port, we headed out on our Volga cruise—from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod and back again. 128, including 59 children, died aboard the Bulgaria; on Tuesday we were watching reenactments on Russian TV.

With static, Hedgehog in the Fog, tank tops, and seagulls.

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"Meat House [Меат Хоусе]": "I’ve never seen such a large quantity of meat in one place."

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"Framework [Остов]": A tribute to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Кто Подставил Кролика Роджера).