by Ross Morin
Ross Morin wasn’t on hand to accept his award because he is getting his master’s degree in filmmaking at Ohio University. Morin, a 2001 grad of Edward Little High School in Auburn, double-majored in psychology and film at Connecticut College, and used both to create Suburban Fantasies, a black-and-white film collecting visions, dreams, and fears of two twentysomething suburbanites.
The film has no dialogue and was shot with a 16-mm film camera. “I wanted to return to my minimalist roots shooting with only a tripod, natural light, and a crew of three,” Morin wrote in a letter read by his uncle, Bob Quinton, at the award ceremony.
Where Morin now lives in Ohio, there are no views of mountains or forests or the coasts, the way there are in Maine. “All you can fantasize about is the yard across the street,” he says. He made Suburban Fantasies in part as a “companion piece” to the seminal avant-garde film Meshes of the Afternoon, made in 1943 by Maya Deren, a similarly circular, self-referential web of realistic-fantastical images and scenes.
When he graduates, Morin says he’ll go where there’s a job teaching about film, but hopes it will bring him back to Maine.
- Jeff Inglis
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