DirectorAbigail Child
FormatVhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionSWAMP uses the soap opera format to play with the structures and expectations of the family melodrama. Enthusiastic overacting and a predictably convoluted plot set the scene for a labyrinthine tale of submerged connections, masked relationships and disguised identities. Following the melodramatic formula that 'if it can happen, it will happen,' coincidence and unlikely events abound in SWAMP's gleeful sendup of lurid intrigue, threatened morality, and endless double-crosses...With looped and repeated edits, fast-paced action, and aggressively funky video effects, Child layers on artifice and excess as the TV serial sputters apart in a dizzying, discontinuous montage.