OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

World premiere

   

LOS ANGELES RED SQUAD : THE COMMUNIST SITUATION IN CALIFORNIA

 



Travis WILKERSON

 

 

USA
2013
Colour
HD SLR
70’

Original version
English
Photography
Travis Wilkerson
Sound
Travis Wilkerson & Eric Wilkerson
Editing
Travis Wilkerson
Casting
Travis Wilkerson, narrator

Production
Creative Agitation

Filmography
– DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS, 2011
– PLUTO DECLARATION, 2011
– SAND CREEK EQUATION, 2011
– WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN?, 2005/2010
– AN INJURY TO ONE, 2002
– ACCELERATED UNDER- DEVELOPMENT: IN THE IDIOM OF SANTIAGO ALVAREZ, 1999/2003

The opening, Los Angeles today, at dusk. In this first instalment of a series about the police in the United States, Travis Wilkerson seeks to trace the early activities of the Red Squad section of the municipal police, under the zealous tutelage of its figurehead in the 1920s and 30s, William “Red” Hynes. Of him, we only see a face and a gesture, revolver pointed at the person photographing him. His mission? To track down, flush out and threaten communist activists. Infiltration and intimidation were the lot of this political militia purposely created to break any hint of social or political subversion. Combining sketches of today’s struggle and those of yesteryear with a detailed summary of repression which then runs throughout the film, a veil covering the images of the present, Wilkerson creates a superimposition that is as metaphorical as it is real. While the methods have changed, the determined rumbling of today’s demonstrators, heard off camera, nevertheless meets the throbbing roar of flying helicopters. With contemporary Los Angeles featuring as a backdrop marked by the effects of this policy in its current configuration, a gridded city, segmented by fences, walls and ubiquitous barbed wire, history seems to be repeating itself.

Nicolas Féodoroff

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