Jenny Perlin’s feature documentary Bunker investigates the lonely lives of American men who have decided to live in decommissioned military bunkers and nuclear missile silos, and follows the process of building and selling these structures to the wealthy and not-so-wealthy alike. In this talk, Perlin shows clips from Bunker and related films she has made, and explores how her filmmaking practice connects international security studies to a childhood in Southwestern Ohio. Mershon’s Alex Wendt and Dorry Noyes will launch the discussion.
Bunker will be shown in full at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Tuesday, March 28th, at 7:00 PM.
Jenny Perlin makes 16mm films, videos, and animations. Her films work with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Her projects look closely at ways in which social machinations are reflected in the fragments of daily life. Perlin’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and film festivals, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, and others.