O No Coronado!
A Collaboration with Craig Baldwin
Duration: 40 mins.
Media: 16mm film color/sound
Description: Nao Bustamante, Matthew Day and Gina Pacaldo star in Craig Baldwin's aggressively reconstructed Conquistador chronicle. Baldwin collages the black-comic restaging of the 1540 European invasion of those lands now known as the American Southwest with wildly diverse "found" imagery, video-to-film FX, and a time-warped musical mix, to critique not only the genocidal Spanish soldiers-of-fortune but also documentary conventions of historical representation. Animated graphics, collateral material and multiple voices interpenetrate the epic collage, conjugating a delirious, open-ended historiography that updates issues of imperialism, tourism, treaty rights and environmental protection from the 16th century to the present, and beyond.