it's so easy (the mechanism of power)
multimedia installation by Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith
featuring percussionist Sean Gill
1107 Euclid Avenue, adjacent to 7 Stages theatre
open 12pm-9pm Friday, April 1 — Sunday, April 10
A collaborative work between filmmaker Russell Sheaffer and composer Aaron Michael Smith, “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” creates a dystopian landscape that explores the repercussions of disproportionate access to moments in others’ lives. In 2015, a post-accident legal dispute took a surprising turn when the defense attorneys attempted to draw upon extensive surveillance footage of Sheaffer taken during the Atlanta Film Festival, held earlier that year. Sheaffer and everyone he had come into contact with that weekend—friends, festival staff, and strangers alike—were the unwitting subjects. “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” manipulates the repurposed surveillance footage and new footage from within the installation in real time, creating a fractured and ever-changing visual and audio landscape that examines the ease with which the unsuspecting bystander becomes subject.
Join Russell & Aaron for an Opening Reception at 10pm Thursday, 3/31 for #ATLFFsoeasy's big reveal! Percussionist Sean Gill will perform live!
Stop in any time between noon and 9pm for the duration of the 40th annual festival! This can't-miss, completely original presentation site-specific to the Atlanta Film Festival is on your way to any 7 Stages event, whether a Creative Conference panel or evening film screening.
For more from Russell & Aaron, attend the Copper block to experience "On Surgery"—their co-directed short film projected on 16mm!