Handful of Dust

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 3 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Playing with Liahona
Genre: Experimental Documentary Short


Prussian blue can be used to render images and counteract radiation poisoning. Handful of Dust is an obituary composed of sequences of cyanotypes, exposed in the sand using paper sensitized with handmade emulsion and negatives from a 1954 Hollywood film. Rates of cancer in the 1954 film’s cast and crew reflect that it was shot downwind during the period of above ground nuclear testing. Handful of Dust, produced in the Utah canyon where the 1954 film was shot, is designed as an antidote to recover the memory of the downwinders.

Directed by Hope Tucker; Austria

9 min