Dr. Wesley Shrum, Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University, heads the Video Ethnography Laboratory and founded the Fringe Performance Archive for the National Library of Scotland in 2009. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the Ethnografilm festival of documentary film in Paris, France and Associate Editor of the Journal of Video Ethnography.
Greg and I love film noir. We were talking about how people get murdered, when we wondered what it would look like if the technology of filming itself caused the crime? That is, what if the camera itself kills someone? What if the camera itself is killed?
The fresnel lens will melt a penny in a few seconds…so Greg stripped one out of a projector and we used it to focus the sun on the cameras that were filming. We burned up five of them, and they filmed up until their moment of destruction. Our tribute to light and noir.