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Approved for Release is a short film visualizing psychological experimentation conducted by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency. The main participant attempted to explore a distant place without ever physically traveling there. Transporting his mind through time and space, he detailed a collapsing environment in geologic turmoil. Through the visual presentation of the now released government transcripts, a series of open-ended questions on the climate crisis, existence, and the consequences of human impact arise.

Originally from Reno, Nevada, Emily MacDiarmid is a multimedia artist pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Through projects rooted in non-fiction, she experiments with cinematography, digital imaging, soundscape design, and analog processes. Her film work often derives from an audio piece or archival transcript and expands into a visual presentation. more...

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