Odeimin Runners Club presented by The Film Farm

September 14th - October 12th 2021

Inspired by conversations surrounding Octavia E. Butler’s, Parable of the Sower science fiction series, the Odeimin Runners Club films are framed around our understanding of human survival, connection to land, rematriation, IBPOC performative counter-mapping as a means to thread territories, past-present-futures, and knowledges to help navigate current political and environmental instabilities facing our communities. The interactive webpage situates our stories onto a metaphorical map that shifts between the odeimin or heartberry (strawberry), indicating the teachings that guide our collective and our work around the phytograms, as well as a cartographic representation of the territories we are from.

Using 16mm Bolex film cameras and process cinema methodologies, we learned how to incorporate plant materials to hand process film. We engaged in a process of creating phytograms - and even “mammothograms” - that enacted cultural protocols and the sharing of knowledge regarding the use of plants and other organic materials. We incorporated these images into our films, as a means by which these life forms continue to live and impact our moving images. The film process from start to finish was generously supported by donations of equipment and processing materials through the Film Farm as well as the continuous support and guidance provided by Phil.

Odeimin Runners Club

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