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World Premiere

Director: Magsamen + Hillerbrand

United States, 2012, 3 min

Shooting Format:HD DVD

Festival Year:2013


Cast:Mary Magsamen, Stephan Hillerbrand, Madeleine Hillerbrand, Emmett Hillerbrand

Crew:Editor: Mary Magsamen, Stephan Hillerbrand


Embarking on an epic adventure, this family creates new levels of interaction, communication and exploration by breaking and cutting holes into their actual home to make a habitrail-like environment where they go nowhere fast.


About the director

The collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos and cinematic based installations internationally at museums, galleries and film festival. Their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life with their two children Madeleine and Emmett into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of "suburban fluxus" generates work that documents and re-contextualizes their objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenging presumptions of the everyday.

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Magsamen + Hillerbrand's filmography

Filmmaker's note

With conscious forethought, Hillerbrand+Magsamen critically examine the media grammar in our popular culture today by applying a "Hollywood" aesthetic to their work with layered dramatic music, visually rich cinematography, and faced paced editing. This “style” is juxtaposed against the performance-based video that expands the idea of the home video to a completely new level.

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