A PAST OF PLANK AND NAIL
Jessica Bardsley

production by Jessica Bardsley
ARCHCINE - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Arquitetura , 2013
time: 6'

SYNOPSIS
The Props assist the House
Until the House is built
And then the Props withdraw
And adequate, erect,
The House support itself
And cease to recollect
The Augur and the Carpenter —
Just such a retrospect
Hath the perfected Life —
A Past of Plank and Nail
And slowness —
then the scaffolds drop
Affirming it a Soul.
by Emily Dickinson

BIOGRAPHY
Jessica Bardsley’s films have screened across the U.S. and internationally at esteemed festivals such as CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, European Media Arts Festival, Kassel Dokfest, RIDM, True/False, Les Renconstres Internationales, and more. She is the recipient of various awards, including Director's Choice at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Grand Prize at 25FPS, the Eileen Maitland Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Short Film at Punto de Vista, and a Princess Grace Award in Film. Jessica received an MFA and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a PhD student in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where she is also a fellow in the Film Study Center.

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