British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Words on Fire

Synopsis
A series of short vignettes in which six contemporary storytellers offer their interpretations of the word ‘fire’. Playwright Christopher Durang creates a mini-sitcom on the woes of inactivity; actor/writer Fred Churchak is seen in a one-man Shakespearean performance; Rinde Eckert recites two four-hundred-year-old erotic poems; Southern poet Jo Carson relays intimate tales of Appalachian life; monologuist Todd Alcott offers a spontaneous diatribe on living in the ‘heat’ of urban life, and actor Robert Joy reads a text by Jack Finney in which time stands still as a fire starts.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1990
Duration
24 mins

Credits

Director
John Sanborn; Skip Blumberg
Producer
Wendell Harrington
Cast
Fred Churchak 

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); One-Person shows

Notes

General
The film was created for Alive from Off Center, the public television series from KTCA-TV, Minneapolis

Archive

Name

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

Email
info@eai.org
Web
http://www.eai.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 337 0694
Fax
+1 212 337 06 79
Address
535 West 22 Street, 3rd Floor
New York
New York NY 10011-1119
USA
USA
Notes
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a US-based, nonprofit arts organisation that is a leading international resource for video and media art. EAI’s core programme is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 video works by artists, from the mid-1960s to the present. The works in the collection range from seminal videos by pioneering figures — such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas — to new digital works by emerging artists, including Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. The EAI Online Catalogue is a comprehensive Web resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, featuring a searchable database and extensive research materials. Sale to educational institutions only (not individuals) on video (PAL) or DVD (NTSC).

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 282 times.