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The Subversion Agency

Heavily influenced by William S. Burroughs—especially his “Nova” trilogy and Towers Open Fire, his 1963 collaboration with British filmmaker Anthony Balch—this experimental narrative combines black-and-white digital video with stock footage from the Florida Moving Image Archive to conjure a cryptic tale of 1960s international espionage. A jaded arms dealer (Greg Shumann) travels to the socialist K-Zone Republic to participate in a golf tournament for a million-dollar prize; meanwhile a weary operative of the K-Zone's Subversion Agency (Larry Robinson) ponders the contents of a smoking suitcase found in a field. Their deadpan voice-overs carry the story, marginalizing the dialogue; the sound track burbles with electronic music, audio glitches, signal tones, and other effects. Mark Boswell directed a script by R.M. Flanagan, adapted from Anton Kozlov's novel El Respubliki K-Zona, but the montage is credited to “Dr. Benway.” 70 min.

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