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Eagle
Street Scripts
The Legacy of the Dead
L.A. Crash
5th Street
A Street Story
Noir
Where the streets have no name
Flow
5 Photographs
Ocean Front Walk
MacArthur Park
The Legend of Zorro
Traffic
A Speech
Les Skateurs
Vous-êtes allemand?
Javi
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Phillip Saffell presents: The Legacy of the Dead
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7-Channel Video Installation, 7 h TRT, 2011/12
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Info on the books
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The Legacy of the Dead is a series of seven books in screenplay format, conceived by homeless author Phillip Saffell of Los Angeles, with whom I have already been working on the documentary A Street Story. In his books he blends true events with material drawn from various sources such as biblical scripture, history books, folklore, myths, comic books and movies. The stories are recombinations of preexisting characters, genres and storylines and basically as action-packed as possible. Phillip's reckless appropriation of foreign material and apparent ignorance of authorship stimulated me to reflect on the way stories are created in Los Angeles in a humorous way. However, I never read his books and I am not sure if they even exist in written form. I only knew the stories because Phillip had told me about them, hence I asked him to re-narrate each book in front of a camera. Due to Phillip’s detailed way of storytelling, each summary took close to an hour. I left the videos uncut in order to emphasize Phillip’s extraordinary memory. In an exhibition space, the work is presented as a 7-channel video installation.