Reynold Reynolds Recreates 1930s Germany in a 7-Screen Film Installation
Image rights: Image courtesy of the West Den Haag and the artist. Photography by Jhoeko.
Alaska-born filmmaker Reynold Reynolds works primarily in 16 mm and Super 8 mm, which he treats with a deftly dark artistic touch. His works center on themes of decay, consumption, and transformation, provocatively addressing psychologically and physically disturbing themes. One of his film projects, The Lost (2010), constructs an elaborate (if elusive) German town in Weimar Germany, complete with a cast of cabaret dancers, mad scientists, and other markers of the decadent interwar culture on the eve of Nazi takeover. “At the base of this project is the question, ‘what would have happened to Germany and the world if the Nazis had never been elected?’” he describes. Reynolds draws heavy influence from philosophy and science, having studied physics before changing his focus to studio art and studying under influential experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
American, b. 1966, Central, Alaska, based in Berlin, Germany