It was the summer the gas stations closed. The summer they played music in the old mill. The summer they left.
Flood Tide tells the story of four musicians who craft extraordinary boats out of whatever junk they can find and set out for open water. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Flood Tide was shot on the Hudson River during the real-life art-raft project The Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a concept dreamed-up by the artist Swoon and built by an eclectic group of artists and performers. In the summer of 2008 the crew built and floated seven large, boat-sculptures down the Hudson River. Director Todd Chandler, cinematographer Ava Berkofsky and collaborators from the bands Dark Dark Dark and Fall Harbor made a fictional film along the surreal voyage.
Screening in advance of the upcoming feature film, Flood Tide: Remixed is a 50-minute composition of footage from Flood Tide– set to a live soundtrack written and performed by Dark Dark Dark. Featuring material not used in the narrative film, Flood Tide: Remixed is a meditative journey down a strange and meandering river that flows both ways with the tides. The handmade boats and their crews drift past empty new condo developments, explore crumbling castles and swim in iridescent quarries. They get stopped by torrents of rain and groaning motors.
Flood Tide: Remixed will screen at the 01SJ Biennial in the related installation, Empire Drive-In, a drive-in theater made out of junked cars, created by Flood Tide director Todd Chandler, Jeff Stark, and a handful of collaborating artists.