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Video clip of Hart Island

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Hart Island

Alternative Title:
Hart Island Chronology

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
See the records for "New Television, Episode 404 (1988)" and "New Television, Episode 105 (1991)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1988

Copyright Holder:
Daniel Minahan

Artist:
Minahan, Daniel

Background:
"Hart Island" was aired as part of Episode 404 of the 1988 season, and Episode 105 of the 1991 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the records for "New Television, Episode 404 (1988)" and "New Television, Episode 105 (1991)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

The work tells the story of the uses of Hart Island, which has served as an internment locale for homeless men, drug addicts, and prisoners, and as a defense training ground. The work alternates images of Hart Island and the activity there with visual text describing its history. Close-up views of men unloading boxes and digging holes are seen. As the text gradually makes clear, these men are inmates from Rikers Island prison on a work crew. Their job is to bury the unclaimed dead (including children) of New York City. The viewer realizes that the boxes are coffins and that the holes being dug are graves. There is very little sound score to the work. At one point, the burial crew leader is interviewed briefly.

Minimal electronic music appears throughout the work.



Director:
Minahan, Daniel

Editor:
Guido, Lisa (CMX Editor)

Subjects:
Prisoners
Burial


See Also:
New Television, Episode 404 (1988)





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