Marvelous Movie Mondays: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I feel fine)

EPFC | June 3rd, 2020

Guest Curator: Nicole Elaine Baker

Hi everyone. This month’s theme is:
It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

The world as I know it is brutalized by white supremacy, locked in toxic hegemony, and is being eaten alive by capitalism. And I don’t know about you, but I would like to see it end. Yeah, it is the end of the world as we know it, but that means that something else begins. What will it be? What should it be? What should we preserve and what will we happily cheer to see go down in flames?

If you’re like me, the recent months have been an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes you are genuinely “fine”, cautiously optimistic and patient. Maybe even empowered to stand up for change and each other. But then you see the numbers, and the suffering, and the fear. And the utter lack of compassion, and the aggressive ignorance, and the cruelty. And when asked you say you’re “fine”, but it’s that other kind of “fine,” the kind that masks the deep sense of dread and hopelessness that if fully expressed would have your loved ones concerned about leaving you alone with sharp objects.

We thought the end times rode in on a virus, but then we were reminded that we had other problems to tackle.The time has come to abandon the status quo and embrace the end of the world as we know it. Every Monday for the month of June I will bring you the work of experimental filmmakers who are grappling with the end, the unknown and the possibilities.

Today we start #marvelousmoviemondays with Relational Plane Rich Flight 209 by Peter Christenson.
From the filmmaker: Relational Plane Rich Flight 209 siphons and repurposes found footage into a thematically-networked consciousness stream, a collaged and dreamy trip across pop culture’s symbolic, economic, and relational fields.

When I watch this film, I see a sly take-down of the white supremesist threads forming the weft of capitalism.

I stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the protestors, everyone pushing back against racism and police brutality, and the families and communities of the countless victims of that brutality. I ask you to donate if you have the means, get out and protest if you feel safe to do so, support the protesters with resources and/or your time. Take action.