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Everything You Need to Know About 'The Dark, Debra'

Debra Paget is sad, lonely and can’t stop worrying. Will she ultimately have to face her own ghosts?

„The Dark, Debra“ references Michael Robinson’s „The Dark, Krystle“ (2013) and develops a related narrative of a woman in a state of unrest and seclusion. Through digital editing and image modification, Debra Paget – cast in a supporting role in the original sample – is featured as the sole character. Part experimental fiction, part remake, supercut and music video, „The Dark, Debra“ seeks to reveal the fixed concepts applied to Debra Paget’s Hollywood persona and to produce more ambiguous notions of identity, intention and subversion.

Screenings / Awards

  • AVIFF Cannes Art Film Festival 2020 Cannes France

  • International Kansk Video Festival 2020 Kansk Russian Federation

  • Broken Screen/Pantalla Rota 2020 San Juan Spain

  • AIDFF Athens International Digital Film Festival 2020 Athens Greece

  • Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2020 Seattle United States

  • Arizona Underground Film Festival 2020 Arizona United States

  • Ultracinema 2020 Tepoztlán Mexico

  • Fisura – International Experimental Film and Video Festival 2020 Mexico City Mexico

  • 12th Bridges International Film Festival 2021 Corinthia Greece

  • Cine@art Festival 2021 Corinthia Greece

  • New York Istanbul Short Film Festival 2021 New York City United States

  • Shockfest Silver Bullet Virtual Screening 2021 Puerto Rico United States

  • Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival 2021 Istanbul Turkey

  • Absurd Art House Film Festival ABSURDAH 2021 Blue Town United Kingdom

  • Iconic Images Film Festival 2021 Vilnius Lithuania

  • Art Doc Film Festival 2022 Boulder Creek United States

  • Le FIFA – Festival International Du Film Sur l’Art 2022

  • Golden Giraffe International Film Festival 2022

  • Amsterdam Freedom Indepent Film Festival

  • Make Art Not Fear Short Film Festival 2022

  • Tokyo Film Awards 2022

  • High Tatras Film & Video Festival 2022

  • Symbiotic Film Festival 2022

  • Anatolia International Film Festival 2022

  • Pebbles Underground Film and Video Art 2022

  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival 2022

  • Rudis Festival 2022

  • New York Tri-State International Film Festival 2022

  • Roma Short Film Festival 2022

  • Budapest Film Festival 2022

  • Cinematic European Film Festival 2023

  • Bizarrya Short Film Festival 2023

  • Liverpool Indie Awards 2023

  • Rome Prisma Film Awards 2023

  • Project Type: Experimental, Short, Other

  • Genres: Remix, Found Footage, Collage, Détournement, Other

  • Runtime: 3 minutes 33 seconds

  • Completion Date: December 1, 2019

  • Country of Origin: Austria

  • Shooting Format: digital

  • Film Color: Black & White

Dina Yanni is a video artist and researcher whose work is heavily influenced by popular culture and its politics, digital image manipulation, and critical theory. Through compilation and analysis of existing footage, experimental editing and/or data corruption, Yanni strives to reveal, reevaluate and reframe power structures discovered in the original materials. She is also a political scientist and publishes theory-based writing around the very same themes that inform her video work: the study of power structures behind visual representations and possibilities for counter-narratives. Dina Yanni holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Film Production. Her work has been exhibited at experimental film and video art festivals internationally.

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