Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

Not For Medical Use

Thursday, April 12 at 2:30 PM
Friday, April 13 at 9:15 PM

Shorts Block: Body Chronicles 
Camila Moreiras | Barcelona, Spain | 4 min
Genre: Experimental

The harsh, grating sound of an MRI at work provides the soundtrack to this eerie assemblage of medical scans, an examination of what it means, exactly, to be observed in such an intimate and sometimes intrusive way.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Camila Moreiras:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was born in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in Durham, North Carolina as a first generation American. After flying the coop and living in Massachusetts, New York, and even briefly in Zurich, I was lucky to get the chance to go back for a stint, which coincided with the making of this film. It was more my return to the south rather than my adolescence that marked my current trajectory in any serious way, although of course, the south has a way of imbuing itself into everything from day one. The south is not easy, but it’s full. One day I’ll make a film all about the overgrowth of kudzu.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

I have to keep this one vague, but I think it’s [more or less] self-explanatory if you see the film. I wanted it to go beyond any kind of personal or singular experience however, and I think that anybody who has had the pleasure of undergoing medical imaging tests will be able to identify with the sensorial and physical overload this film portrays.

3. How did you start making films?

When I was fourteen years old I had a long conversation with the late photographer Toni Catany. At the time, I was interested in becoming a film director and he quietly urged me to first take up photography, noting that if I wanted to tell a story in multiple frames, I should first be able to tell it in one. It was an important moment in my life, but really whether I was focusing on photography, film, or art theory (I did my doctorate at New York University, involving a six year hiatus from art practice), I have always been concerned with the same questions, wrestling with the same uncertainties. I’m learning that it is not about what medium you use, but about trusting your ability to make space for these questions. Each form of expression, each medium, will force your hand in thinking them through from different angles, which in turn deepens your understanding of them. That for me is the most important aspect—to forego the answers in lieu of asking questions, repeatedly, differently.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

Everything and nothing as there was no set, no shooting days for this film!

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

This is my first film festival, so I am looking forward to absolutely everything. It’s really such a pleasure to have my first experience be with Indie Grits!

6. Why should someone see your film?

I cannot say you’ll come out feeling wonderful, but because of the subject matter I think most people will be able to relate, either from firsthand experience or because they know somebody who has been through similar events. The film plays around with notions of testimony and witness, and so being able to step outside of yourself – and to give yourself leeway to never be too faithful to your own memory – is crucial. Sometimes that stepping outside of yourself can offer a more empathetic way of understanding [non-personal] experiences, and sometimes it can offer a fruitful space to surrender to your environment; in this case that environment is sensorial. I hope that those who do watch my film come out feeling as though they have indeed stepped outside of themselves, even when it resonates, even when it does not.

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A Name That I Admire
All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us