SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM
CRAIG BALDWIN (USA 1999, 1:31:14 MINS)
Craig Baldwin’s Spectres of the Spectrum is an assault to the senses, in the best possible way. We are bombarded with images and sounds and fast moving footage accompanied by a constant and relentless narration. The story is set in 2007 in the bleak landscape of Nevada, in a dystopian or maybe even post-apocalyptic future where the “New Electromagnetic Order” rules. Baldwin explores the rich history of the development of electromagnetic technologies, from X-rays to atom bombs but also from TV to the internet. BooBoo, a telepath and her father, Yogi, are rebelling against this new order. This is truly a masterpiece. BIO: Craig Baldwin is a San Francisco-based filmmaker, educator and media arts programmer. He made several films, such as Wild Gunman (1978), RocketKitKongoKit (1986), Tribulation 99 (1991) and Spectres of the Spectrum (1999). He is interested in archival retrieval and re-combinatory forms of cinema, performance and installations. He uses found footage exclusively to create new meaning, a new narrative and oft times scathing social commentary. His latter two mentioned works especially are called pseudo or meta documentaries. He is a self-proclaimed collagist turned documentarian. His work is aimed at opening a space for thought and discussion and new ideas. His films call fact and documentary truth into question and provide and atmosphere of skepticism.