Roamie View: History Enhancement

2010, 28:23 min, color, sound, HD video

Roamie View: History Enhancement reveals JJ as a husk of his former self, overwhelmed by too many experimental personalities and reverted to factory presets. He hires Roamie Hood's (Alison Powell) company to roam backwards through time to research an opportunity for an edit that could alter his future-present. With Backseat Grace (Rachel Lord) and Liberty Lance (Liz Rywelski), Roamie careens into the suburban lair of three average teenaged boys, and from there into an animated environment strewn with stock footage videos of female assistants, some stomping by cubicles with corporate zeal, others despondent, or off-hours, shopping and twirling bags on the street. But despite all the buoyant exuberance, Roamie and her team fail to make a new JJ moment. Sleek, highrise interiors are thrust forward as the next setting, where Liberty Lance joins JJ in a chrome-cold hotel room, and then Able dons another, residual version of herself to meet a similarly muted woman called Average Katie (Liz Rywelski) in an oceanfront condo. Their ambiguous flirtation suggests that romance is simple and simplicity is romantic. In fact, they are just two bodies in a very special setting. The movie closes with a song. A line goes, "you're not the only sky to touch that star." Traversing times and possibilities as physical places, Roamie View: History Enhancement collapses the importance of grasping who one is, in favor of where. Who is incidental, contained, monotonous; but an inhabited context is what informs and is informed by an active identity.

-- Kevin McGarry


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