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54 Days this Winter 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes


Images courtesy of the Video Data Bank, Chicago
54 Days this Winter 36 Days this Spring for 18 Minutes
Dani Leventhal, 2009
July 1, 2010–July 31, 2010
This project by a Columbus native who now lives in New York interweaves everyday moments into an evocative whole.

Part personal diary and part meditation on the everyday, the footage for this project was accumulated in nine-minute increments over the course of the number of days and the two seasons named in the title. Condensed into the 16 minutes of the final piece, the seemingly simple and sometimes even banal individual moments take on greater significance through cumulative impact and the mental connections each viewer discerns or constructs. (video, 16 mins.)

Dani Leventhal (b. 1972) lives and works in New York. She’s presented her work at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and other festivals and venues around the world and had solo screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and Anthology Film Archives in New York. She received an MFA in film and video from Bard College in 2009 and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2003. Born in Columbus, Leventhal is also a graduate of Indianola Alternative Elementary School and Columbus Alternative High School here in Columbus.

Courtesy of the Video Data Bank, Chicago.