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All American High Revisited

All American High is a 1987 documentary film directed by Keva Rosenfeld that chronicles the life of the 1984 senior class at Torrance High School inLos Angeles County, California.

The film is narrated by the Finnish exchange student “Rikki” Rauhala and observes 1980s California high school culture from a foreigner’s perspective.

The film was independently financed, with additional funds provided through an American Film Institute (AFI)National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)grant. The film was selected for Grand Jury Prize competition at the 1987 Sundance Film Festival.  It was originally broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

All American High Revisited

A second documentary film about the former Torrance High senior class was directed by Keva Rosenfeld in 2014 (released in 2015), All American High Revisited.  It combines the original film with new footage of the film’s principal subjects being interviewed on their high school years, the process of growing up, and the various paths in life that they took. 

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Bonus: HIGH SCHOOL (1968) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

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High School is a 1968 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman that shows a typical day for a group of students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was one of the first direct cinema (or cinéma vérité) documentaries. It was shot over five weeks in March and April 1968. The film was not shown in Philadelphia at the time of its release, due to Wiseman’s concerns over what he called “vague talk” of a lawsuit.

The film was released in October 1968 by Wiseman’s distribution company, Zipporah Films. High School has been aired on PBS Television. Wiseman distributes his work (DVDs and 16mm prints) through Zipporah Films, which rents them to high schools, colleges, and libraries on a five-year long-term lease. High School was selected in 1991 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Wiseman made a second documentary on high school, High School II, based on Central Park East Secondary School in New York City, released in 1994.

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Seventeen (1983) 80’s Teen High School Documentary

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This cinéma vérité documentary covers several months in the lives of a group of high school students in Muncie, Ind. The filmmaker focuses on Lynn, a white girl whose relationship with an African-American student has caused controversy. After a cross is burned on her lawn, Lynn responds with righteous anger rather than fear, standing up to her community’s bigotry. Meanwhile, Lynn’s peers face their own trials, including an unplanned pregnancy and alcohol abuse.

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Release date: February 1985 (USA)
Directors: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
Film series: Middletown
Screenplay: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
Awards: Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize – U.S. Documentary

‘In their final year at Muncie’s Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal about life, both in and out of school, and not what school officials think they are teaching.’ -IMdB

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Emo Philips

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Emo Philips (born Phil Soltanek; February 7, 1956) is an American entertainer and comedian born in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove. Much of his standup comedy stems from the use of paraprosdokians spoken in a wandering falsetto tone of voice and a confused, childlike delivery of his material to produce the intended comic timing in a manner invoking the ‘wisdom of children’ or the idiot savant. –Wiki

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Authentic American Tradition

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AMERICAN REMAINS SeMeN SPeRmS New Art!

SeMeN SPeRmS American Remains, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 24” x 5”

American Remains

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SeMeN SPeRmS American Remains, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 24” x 5”

American Remains [Detail]

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SeMeN SPeRmS Afterburner, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 24” x 5”

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SeMeN SPeRmS Burnt Up, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 12” x 12” x 3”

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SeMeN SPeRmS Crash Landing, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 24” x 10”

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SeMeN SPeRmS Crash Landing, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 24” x 10”

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SeMeN SPeRmS Fire Of Unknown Origin, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 23 2/4” x 2 1/2”

Fire Of Unknown Origin

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SeMeN SPeRmS Fire Of Unknown Origin, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 24” x 23 2/4” x 2 1/2”

Fire Of Unknown Origin

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SeMeN SPeRmS Nothing To Lose, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Enamel, Lichen 22” x 10” x 3”

Nothing To Lose

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SeMeN SPeRmS The Mysterious Nuclear Cowboy, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Polyurethane Foam, Enamel 15 3/4” x 15” x 11”

The Mysterious Nuclear Cowboy

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SeMeN SPeRmS The Mysterious Nuclear Cowboy, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Polyurethane Foam, Enamel 15 3/4” x 15” x 11”

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SeMeN SPeRmS Top O’ Mt. Morerush, 2015 Wood, Sand, Plastic, Polyurethane Foam, Enamel 14” x 15 3/4” x 15”

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AMERICAN REMAINS Art Opening January 31 SeMeN SPeRmS & Nick Stewart

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AMERICAN REMAINS

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 31st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The salon at automatic sweat is pleased to announce American Remains, an exhibition of sculptures and installations by SeMeN SPeRmS and Nick Stewart.

The exhibition presents a collection of artifacts from a proposed mythology that straddles the indistinct line between American history and rural legend. Inspired by the decrepit highway-side nowhere towns of the southwest, the works offer warped satellite dishes and abandoned single-wide trailers as the weathered remnants of westward expansion. These ubiquitous emblems of a proud historical narrative about a prosperous America are presented alongside idiosyncratic icons of contemporary desert folklore, characterized by supernatural suspicion, eerie phenomena and UFO sightings.

Nick Stewart’s objects seek to excavate desert myth in the form of mutilated cattle hides shaped into six-pack-rings, which have been branded with a design that evokes both astral patterns and the corporate logo of an automobile manufacturer. Familiar objects such as a dented street lamp are distorted into paranormal forms, while satellite dishes specked with metal lesions , assume a watchful, almost anthropomorphic presence.

SeMeN SPeRmS sculptures reconstruct and reframe the desolate desert scape from a distance, dwarfing its earthly immensity and depriving it of anthropological context until the barren topography starts to seem post-apocalyptic, if not entirely lunar. The homespun style of his miniatures elude to a tradition of model hobbyists, while the bleak content matter disturbs the quaint escapism of toy model sets. The artists’ American desert is not an open expanse of freedom shaped by the antiquated tale of manifest destiny, but instead a barren celestial surface, a post-apocalyptic wasteland and government test-site.

American Remains considers the place of this contemporary American folklore within the historical narrative of the nation, forcing questions about the filters that parse national fact from fiction, Roswellian syndrome from national heritage. In this exhibit, the patriotic voices of the founding fathers are forced into direct dialogue with desert dwelling lunatics preaching about crop circles from the pages of the national enquirer. It is both a history text book and a camp fire story; a CNN headline and a wives tale muttered by the town drunk from his bar stool pedestal.
written by Claire Bargout

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