by Mike Kelley and Ericka Beckman

1989/Digi Beta/ color, sound/18 minutes

Produced, directed, shot and edited by Ericka Beckman

Written and performed by Mike Kelley

Music: Bruce Darby

Featuring: Aura Rosenberg, Bob Gibson, Lolly Lincoln, Amanda Katz, Ian Bearce, Kim Keown, Lori Desantis, Adam Gilmore.

Produced with funds from The New York Foundation for the Arts

“BLIND COUNTRY is a collaboration between myself and filmmaker Ericka Beckman. It was inspired by the H.G. Wells short story 'The Country of the Blind', which was a favorite of mine as an adolescent. I was both fascinated and repulsed by this tale of a man having to give up his eyes to live in an alien sightless society. In rereading it as an adult I was struck by the obvious fact, which I was oblivious to as a boy, that it is a castration story, and by the thinly veiled sexual and racial fears within it. BLIND COUNTRY bears no discernable reference to the Wells story but instead plays with these subtle underlying themes."

Mike Kelley

“This collaboration between two Cal Arts Alumni resulted in an avant-garde horror movie that is creepier than Caligari.  Beckman provides the alternately evocative and socko visuals, and Kelley the punning text and painfully naked performance- all body loathing and castration anxiety.  Shades of Frida Kahlo and George Orwell.”

Amy Taubin, Village Voice

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