Stratman’s epic film ‘O’er the Land’ channels the dark side of the American psyche, presenting a savagely poetic meditation on the contemporary culture of violence and patriotism by looking at gun culture, war reenactments, and border conflicts. Including the story of Lt. Col. William Rankin, a Marine Corps pilot who survived being trapped in the updrafts of a thunderstorm for 45 minutes following an emergency ejection at 48,000 feet, ‘O’er the Land’ describes a stark world of warriors and survivors.
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Many of her films point to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power, ownership, mastery and control. Stratman works in multiple mediums, including photography, sound, drawing and sculpture. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum and many international film festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Ann Arbor and Rotterdam.
O'er the Land
2008, 52', color, video
Maryanne Amacher, Kevin Drumm, Steve Rowell, Rich Hammond
Festivals & Awards:
L’Alternativa International Film Festival, Barcelona - Best Documentary Feature; CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen - New Vision Award Cinema Eye Honors, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominee; Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ken Burns Award; Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival - Best Film; Images Festival; Toronto - Best International Film