MISSING GREEN; (2011); Joey Huertas aka Jane Public; Pixelvision & 16mm color negative; TRT: 9.39
Searching for a ghost. Erin Green, a college student, who has gone missing on account of her own clinical depression
I was inspired to make ‘MISSING GREEN’ by a challenge I had made to myself: making a different type of film using extinct camera technology, and taking a deliberate departure from my usual kind of true-crime drama thing that I had been doing for years. I failed at the latter (thankfully). This film uses interview notes and images that I had gathered over the past year doing research on capital punishment across the U.S. and collaged into a notebook. This is the manner in how I usually make my films. I reviewed a notebook of collected glue-sticked images, police recorded phone interviews, police homicide division psychic research recordings, and notes – that is how I designed the dialogue, scenario and the story line for this film about, ‘Erin.’
The film uses PIXELVISION camera toy technology and analog sound tape recordings. I used the difficulty of translating old technology with new digital technology as the core of my creative process. Playing with these old toys resulted in unpredictable outcomes that had to be forced into responsible storytelling tools needed to tell this story of a young missing woman’s life.