About the Film

This short film is based on an installation piece I’ve done in several venues (including Beijing, China) where I create an intricate design on the floor with salt and then invite the audience to destroy it with their feet. In this case, I did something similar with a stick in sand—and then allowed the ocean’s tide to come in and do the destruction.

The piece is an expression of the ephemerality of art – and of work in general. The erasure of the work is more significant than the work itself, and there is something esthetically appealing (and even energizing) about the way the erasure occurs.

Gerda Liebmann

City: Highlands
State: New Jersey
Country: United States

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An Interview with Gerda Liebmann

What has been a real high point point for you in creating this film? What excites you about your submission to the FilmOneFest?
It was a lot of fun working with my sons on this project. My younger son is a professional stunt man, performed in movies and TV, so he has a very good first-hand understanding of narrative camerawork. My older son is a musician – and I think he did a great job of creating an appropriate soundtrack for the piece. It was also nice doing something locally (on Sandy Hook) for a local event. I like a local feel to my work, while at the same time addressing a big universal theme.
A questions about “One Minute” films: As you think about one minute films, what kinds of possibilities are there for this medium? What does it mean to you particularly?

The funny thing for me about doing a one-minute film is that, as an avid Viner (6 second videos), this is actually a very long form for me! To me, short-form video has always been very compelling. It’s just that with the advent of social media and video-on-smartphone technology, there is a tremendous synergy between the ease with which we can publish short-form and the ease with which we can consume it. So we are probably on the cusp of a revolution in how we quickly and visually tell stories. It’s like the whole world is gathering around a new virtual campfire. Very exciting!
Talk a little about your influences: If you think about the gifts and skills you bring to film-making, what do you find energizes you most? What inspires you or compels you in your art form, and in what ways are you inspired?

Making short-form video is part of my broader work as an artist, which has mostly been installation pieces and painting. There is certainly some historical precedent for artist turning to film – going back to Jean Cocteau and Dali and continuing to people like Julian Schnabel and Bill Viola. A lot of my installation pieces have a kinetic/narrative element to them – a piece of material that gets blown around by fans, a design in salt that gets destroyed by the viewers’ feet at the end, etc. – so it kind of makes sense that I would try to express those same ideas in the kinetic/narrative form of video.