Powering Up / Powering Down 1/30/04-2/1/04
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Hans Fjellestad


*Trailer screens Sat afternoon in VAF black box*
Mexico/USA, mixed media, 85 mins
English and Spanish with English or Spanish subtitles
Directed & Produced by Hans Fjellestad

If necessity is the mother of invention, then Tijuana is where she gave birth and raised her kid. Frontier Life (2003) explores this strange and wonderful city through stories of car worship, drag racing, wastewater treatment and a new musical hybrid that announces what might be the first postmodern lifestyle with a south-of-the-border center. Filmmaker Magazine calls the film a “fresh... quick-paced, smartly edited doc that boasts an innovative score...” and Resonance dubs it the “latest and greatest in documentary filmmaking.” Frontier Life is distributed by Third World Newsreel.


Hans Fjellestad is a musician, filmmaker and boxer currently based in California. He has presented his work in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. Recent appearances include the Calgary International Film Festival, MEXartes Festival Berlin, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Yokohama Jazz Promenade, Shinjuku Pit Inn Tokyo, RAS Gallery Barcelona, Sound Unseen Film & Music Festival, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center Brooklyn, Morelia Festival de Arte Alternativo, NWEAMO Festival Portland, Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, San Antonio Cinefestival, Centro Cultural de Tijuana and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Fjellestad has performed and/or recorded with many legendary players in the international experimental music scene and is a founding member of the Trummerflora Collective.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.