Deborah Stratman

O'er The Land with Tom Palazzolo Love It, Leave It

Roots & Culture

On Sunday, April 22, Chicago filmmaker Deborah Stratman will present her award-winning 2009 film O’er The Land, a subtle examination of contemporary Americana that investigates pastimes, celebrations, borders and boundaries. Preceeding Stratman’s film will be a classic of Chicago cinema, Tom Palozzolo’s Love It / Leave It from 1973.
“A meditation on the milieu of elevated threat addressing national identity, gun culture, wilderness, consumption, patriotism and the possibility of personal transcendence. Of particular interest are the ways Americans have come to understand freedom and the increasingly technological reiterations of manifest destiny.  
This film is concerned with the sudden, simple, thorough ways that events can separate us from the system of things, and place us in a kind of limbo. Like when we fall. Or cross a border. Or get shot. Or saved. The film forces together culturally acceptable icons of heroic national tradition with the suggestion of unacceptable historical consequences, so that seemingly benign locations become zones of moral angst.” (DS)
Love It / Leave It, Tom Palazzolo, 1973, 15 minutes
O’er the Land, Deborah Stratman, 2009, 52 minutes
            Both presented on 16mm
            TRT approx 70 mins
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems - and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Many of her films point to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power, ownership, mastery and control that are played out on the land. Most recently, they have questioned elemental historical narratives about freedom, expansion, security, and the regulation of space. Stratman works in multiple mediums, including photography, sound, drawing and sculpture. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum and many international film festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Ann Arbor and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and she currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.