Stay the Same Never Change | Chicago Reader

Stay the Same Never Change

While earning an MFA at Yale, video artist Laurel Nakadate would tape studies of older men from town who tried to pick her up, and her work inspired this 2009 drama about a restless voyeur who cruises Kansas City looking for teenage girls. For the most part, his targets also pine—for love, death, God, or consolation in the wake of disaster. Shooting amateur actors in their own homes, Nakadate tries to combine the quotidian rhythms of a midwestern community with the artifice of her gallery installations, straining for the impact of William Eggleston or David Lynch. Only the title and a penultimate fireworks sequence point to her real subject: the sad impossibility of fixing a moment in time.



  • Laurel Nakadate


  • Tate Buck
  • Dirk Cowan
  • Matthew Faber
  • Mary Nichols
  • Julie Potratz
  • Paige Sanders
  • Abbey Bavley
  • Emily Boullear
  • Cyan Meeks
  • Annie Montgomery

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