Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains

super8, 16mm, video / 59 minutes / 2006

An old-fashioned, absurdo-epic journey begins to prove the motion picture's lone hypothesis: that foggy mountains breakdown more than non-foggy mountains.

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Taking the film as a band made up of instruments used in filmmaking - sound, image, text and speech to name a few - each breaks down in both ways, at times soaring above the others, at other times deteriorating into poetic confusion, only to be reintegrated into the master structure and born anew.
—Hit Repeat by Kevin McGarry, Art In America

Foggy's a strange brew of visual semi-sequiturs and relentless editorial logic.
—Ed Halter, Village Voice

With its absurdist intertitles and bright abstractions, Jessie Stead's charming, playful "Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains" lives up to its weird name.

—Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

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Foggy multi-channel installation version, dimensions variable, Bard MFA, 2006


notated piano theme from the motion picture soundtrack
c/o The Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains Band