Dirty Looks' An Unseen Cloud: Thornton, Leventhal, Dougherty
Dirty Looks, in collaboration with Women Make Movies, presents
An Unseen Cloud
Dani Leventhal, Tin Pressed, 2011
Cecilia Dougherty, Laurie, 1998
Leslie Thornton, There Was An Unseen Cloud, Moving, 1987
An Unseen Cloud collects three intimate video portraits that capture their subjects in varying, extreme states. Leventhal opens Tin Pressed with a sequence of intense violence that illuminates the subtler kinds of daily violence, which go unnoticed in the world around her. Dougherty's subject, Laurie Weeks, recounts the drug-fueled prose of her recently-published junkie's novel, Zipper Mouth. And Thornton's near-feature-length, There Was An Unseen Cloud, Moving restages the plight of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Victorian writer who masqueraded in mens attire in order to move freely about Moslem regions. Each video presents an ode to life lived on the edge.