Part I, Prologue: 10 min Part II (Joanne): 10 min Part III (Milton): 17 min Part IV (Steve and Nadra): 19 min
"I.D." was filmed in Binghamton, N.Y. The main participants are, in order of appearance: Gayle Gorman, Joanne Thorne, Milton Kessler, Steve Grietzer, David Gresalfi, and Larry Klien. Dedicated to Lorie Blandin. Part 1 was produced in part by SUNY at Binghampton Cinema Department. Part II, III and IV wih the help of the Canada Council, over a number of years.
A driving interest in this film has been the raw material of conflicts between the persona and the individual qualties of a person. Also an interest in superimposition partly as a disruptive device equally metaphorical of conflicts between interior and exterior spaces. The use of synch-sound "reality" with an eye on tension between offscreen and screen spaces. Lipsynch is used mostly in counterpoint.
The procedure for the film involved interviewing people with relatively uninhibited and expressive personalities. I asked them about events which had made them feel estranged and alienated from things or people around them. Most talked about were traumatic events, although it is not necessarily what I was seeking. From these conversations, physical contexts were sought for their interactive possibilities. The participants were exposed to situations which were partly uncomfortable. The camera does not simply prod but is also an active participant; not so much to render meaningful but to appreciate and transpose. (VG)