Swamp 1990, Video (High-8), 35min, color, sound.

with Sarah Schulman, Carla Harryman, Steve Benson, Susie Bright, Tede Matthews, Marga Gomez, and George Kuchar.

Child uses the soap opera format to play with the structure and expectations of the family melodrama. Following the melodramatic format that “if it can happen, it will happen,” coincidence and unlikely events abound in Swamp’s gleeful send-up of lurid intrigue, threatened morality, and endless double-crosses. With looped and repeated edits, fast-paced action, and aggressively funky video effects, Child layers on artifice and excess in an overdone remake of the TV serial.

Distribution: Video Data Bank,Lightcone