The videos below are all excerpts from longer works. If you’d like to see the full-length versions, please email me.
In the Shadow
The 2017 total solar eclipse was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events in recent history, with Carbondale smack in the spot of longest duration.
Students, staff and faculty of SIU’s College of Mass Communication and Media Arts taped hundreds of hours of eclipse-related planning and interviews even before they captured this natural wonder above Southern Illinois. The resulting documentary, In the Shadow, highlights the history, the science and, above all, the sublime human experience of witnessing a total solar eclipse in Southern Illinois on August 21, 2017
Rodeos are woven into the cultural fabric of the American West and are held in small towns and bustling cities from Arizona to North Dakota, and beyond. Professional rodeo cowboys travel a year-long circuit of these rodeos, participating in a 150-year-old tradition, hoping to grab their share of fame and fortune. Cowboy Christmas is a 75-minute documentary following four of these modern-day cowboys as they drive for miles and miles to get a seconds-long chance at their dream. In the two weeks leading up to Independence Day—the Fourth of July, there are over 30 rodeos in 19 states, with a combined purse of over $3million. Because a rider can win a lot of money, these two weeks are informally and affectionately dubbed Cowboy Christmas.
Nudes Descending a Staircase #3
This is documentation of the video installation. The original video is 3 mins 30 secs, and runs on a loop as it is projected on a "ready-made" staircase in the gallery.
Memory is fluid, continuously moving and changing . . . Here, two stories are conjured from remembrances of creeks, and flowing in and out of each other . . .
Nudes Descending a Staircase #2
H.D. Motyl pays homage to, as he is inspired by and deconstructs, the seminal Marcel Duchamp painting, Nude Descending a Staircase #2. Using state-of-the-art video technology, he creates his own Nudes Descending a Staircase #2. This is the first of a series of three Nudes Descending videos/installations.
Oh Michael/Oh Jesus
A young man innocently fantasizes about another man he sees crossing the street and then has to wrestle with his inner demons and deities.
Waco Tragedy is the pilot episode of the National Geographic Channel series, The Final Report. The hour-long documentary investigates the 51-day standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidian sect, in Waco, Texas.
Token of Love
Benny is about to break up with Will, but he's not quite sure how he's going to do it. Or how Will is going to react . . .