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Triple Canopy presents: Daniel Chew & Micaela Durand's FIRST (2019), NEGATIVE TWO (2019), 38 (2021)

The L.A. theatrical premiere of Durand and Chew's trilogy of hypermediated contemporary life, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and author Chris Kraus.

Triple Canopy presents: Daniel Chew & Micaela Durand's FIRST (2019), NEGATIVE TWO (2019), 38 (2021)
Triple Canopy presents: Daniel Chew & Micaela Durand's FIRST (2019), NEGATIVE TWO (2019), 38 (2021)


Jun 13, 2024, 8:00 PM

2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA


Triple Canopy presents: Daniel Chew & Micaela Durand's FIRST (2019), NEGATIVE TWO (2019), 38 (2021)

Thursday, June 13

2220 Arts + Archives

2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90057

doors: 7:30

film: 8:00

L.A. theatrical premiere with filmmakers in person, followed by a conversation moderated by Chris Kraus (I LOVE DICK).

Followed by an afterparty with DJ sets by Bianca Lexiss and Lil M.

First (2019)

U.S., 12m, DCP

Negative Two (2019)

U.S., 28m, DCP

38 (2021)

U.S., 23m, DCP

Triple Canopy and Mezzanine are pleased to present the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of a trilogy by Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand -- a series of films that capture the hypermediation of life and the constant trial of self-representation.

Chew and Durand probe the compulsion to be “extremely online” while navigating the entanglement of desire, sexuality, race, and class (as well as the streets and dance clubs of New York City). Each of the films follows the daily life of a different protagonist: a teenage girl faces an onslaught of creepy, prying DMs during a night out with a friend; a young gay man meanders through the streets of New York City as his text exchanges with a potential hookup become increasingly intimate; a woman in her late thirties obsessively tracks the online presence of the younger woman who slept with her now ex-boyfriend. Rather than represent the internet on screen, First, Negative Two, and 38 transpose the prevalent norms—the sense of distraction and simultaneous conversations, the relentless documentation of mundane activities, the parasocial relationships—into film.

Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand are a filmmaker duo based in New York. Their films depict the alienation and occasional moments of connection that define our age of hypermediation. Their work has been shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Sheffield DocFest, and Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, MOCA Los Angeles, MoMA PS1 (New York), 47 Canal (New York), White Columns (New York), the Shed (New York); and online at Le Cinema Club and the Criterion Channel. They have done residencies at MacDowell and Fogo Island Arts; participated in the Venice Film Festival film lab; and received the Jerome Foundation Artist Fellowship. They are currently developing their first feature film.

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including I Love Dick (1997) and Summer of Hate (2012); two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (2018). She has received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism and Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant. She lives in Los Angeles.

Triple Canopy is a magazine that works with artists and writers to address the critical issues that define contemporary life. The magazine collaborates with contributors on artworks, essays, fictions, conversations, performances, and books (among other media) from conception to realization, navigating the digital and physical realms where ideas and audiences take shape. Founded in 2007 and based in New York City, Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has been certified by W.A.G.E., and is a member of the Coalition of Small Arts New York City (CoSA NYC).


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