Re:sound #17: The ShortDocs Show
Various producers


TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA, 2005
Re:sound, ShortDocs
Darkness, Thirst
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This hour: the 2003 and 2004 Third Coast ShortDocs, which focused on the themes of thirst and darkness.

Dinner at the Blind Cow 
by Adam Burke (The TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness, 2004)
You're in complete darkness from the moment you enter. Blind waiters take your order, help you find your water glass, lead you to the bathroom. Some diners struggle, but others find the Blind Cow in Zurich, Switzerland, a sensory delight.

Memento Mori 
by Jude Fletcher (The TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness, 2004)
Some members of producer Jude Fletcher's family have a fondness for taking pictures of the dead. And as eerie as this may seem, photographing the dead, or memento mori, was popular back in the nineteenth century.

Listening to Jamie 
by Hugh Levinson (The TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness, 2004)
Imagine a cold, London winter. Now listen as the bizarre and unpredictable sounds made by producer Hugh Levinson's sleeping newborn punctuate the dark in the most unimaginable ways.

Interview with Hugh Levinson 
Re:sound host Gwen Macsai talks with Hugh Levinson about Listening to Jamie and getting cheap laughs at the expense of his firstborn.

Hidden Messages 
Presenting hidden messages found in the proposals for the 2004 ShortDocs call for stories about darkness.

The Color Is Black 
by Rick Moody and Jerome Schmidt (The TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness, 2004)
Rick Moody and Jerome Schmidt present darkness construed as manifestations of the color black through history, space, time, and in the natural world.

“And I Walked...” Stories from the Border 
by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler (The TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Thirst, 2003)
In this story, the thirst for the American dream translates into a literal thirst for the scores of illegal immigrants who risk their lives to cross the desert from Mexico into the United States in search of better-paying jobs.


This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.


Check out Into the Darkness: Presenting the 2004 TCF ShortDocs.
And don't miss Variations on a Thirst: Presenting the 2003 TCF ShortDocs.

Featured Music:

Languis, “Half Way There,” Unithematic (Simballrec, 2000)
Rainstick Orchestra, “Powderly,” Floating Glass Key in the Sky (Ninja Tune, 2004)
E*Vax, “To Scale a Fish,” Parking Lot Music (Audio Dregs Music, 2001)
Featured Music: Beequeen, “Buzzbag Drive,” The Bodyshop (Important Records, 2005)
Credits Music: The Books, “Smells Like Content,” Lost and Safe (Tomlab, 2005)