New Television Workshop Collection

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Alternative Title:
O Say Can You See

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Nancy Buchanan

Buchanan, Nancy

See the record for "New Television, Episode 501 (1989)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Sightlines" was aired as part of Episode 501 of the 1989 "New Television" season.

See the record for "New Television, Episode 501 (1989)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

This short piece is approximately eight minutes in length. The work addresses complacency and suffering, using the concept of sight as a departure point. Spoken text in English and Spanish detail the kidnapping and murder of a woman's husband and her subsequent interrogation by the police. Visual text quotes from a Buddhist work on awakening others to the reality of suffering and from the American sociologist C. Wright Mills. Close-up shots of the human eye are manipulated to produce unusual effects. Narrators recite cliches and sayings about the eyes and the power of sight. A woman's voice recounts a story of a brief moment of eye contact with a homeless man on the street. Images of violence and homelessness are superimposed for a collage effect.

Original music is composed and performed by Angelo Funicelli.

Buchanan, Nancy

Buchanan, Nancy

Western State Regional Arts Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts
American Film Institute
California Arts Institute
Long Beach Museum of Art
LACE On-line

Burnham, Jill
Keene, Garwin

Politics and culture

See Also:
New Television, Episode 501 (1989)

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