Driftless: A Film About Decorah by Decorah

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Jonathan Rattner offered information on a crowd-sourced documentary about the people of Decorah.  More specifically, he noted, “the session will officially introduce the project to the Decorah community, and will explain the production process – along with examples and tips – to attendees.”  


He explained the collage film, tentatively titled Driftless: A Film About Decorah by Decorah, “will consist of short videos, shot by community members on smartphones, featuring a person they care about doing what that person loves or finds interesting.”  The film was premiered at the Steyer Opera House at the Oneota Film Festival gala on March 4, 2016.

What was used: one minute videos, shot on your smart phone (cellphone).
·      a person you care about doing what that person loves
·      a location that means a lot to you in Decorah
·      everyday moments that you find representative of your life  
·      interviews of people sharing favorite moments in decorah
.      sounds of places and people

Jonathan Rattner

Assistant Professor/Assistant Director,
Cinema & Media Arts, Vanderbilt University


Jonathan Rattner is an intermedia artist who primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. In his work he employs a mixture of documentary (found footage, interviews, historical research) and lyrical (soft-focus imagery, collage, jump cuts, non-diagetic sound design, long-duration wide shots) filmic elements. Read more...


During his time in Decorah, he engaged with Thomas C. Johnson's Communication Studies and Visual & Performing Arts classes at Luther College. 


Jonathan is the son-in-law of Decorah residents Bridget and Jim Casper.


If you have questions about Rattner's residency, contact director@oneotafilmfestival.org



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