Modoc is a poetic recounting of the nineteenth-century Modoc War fought by Modocs and the U.S. government in northeastern California. Modoc engages with the way history dwells in contemporary environments, sometimes in subtle and indirect ways, and explores how landscapes create narratives. The beautiful and foreboding region boasts lava fields, wildlife refuges, beet farms, a Nazi POW camp, and a Japanese-American internment camp. The contemporary agrarian landscape is a physical byproduct of the region's conquest, bound to a history of war and displacement. This land is inhabited by markers of primordial, ancient, colonial, and modern history. Hidden within its marshes, petroglyphs, ancient obsidian mines and war memorials is a more complete history of the Modoc War than the romanticized version normally told—a history that speaks of more than just battles and assassinations.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Matthew Harrison Tedford (codirector/coproducer/writer) is a regular writer for KQED (San Francisco's PBS and NPR affiliate), SF Weekly and Art Practical. He writes about contemporary art, film and California history, with a focus on historical memory and landscape. He has also written for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum of California,, Huffington Post and other publications. Tedford holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.

Kristen Brown (codirector/coproducer/cinematographer) is a San Francisco-based painter and photographer originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. Her work explores the themes of dislocation, transience and memory. She has exhibited at the de Young Museum, Berkeley Art Center, Arizona State University, Federation Gallery, Carnegie Arts Center and Mendel Art Gallery, among others. In 2015, Brown was awarded a prestigious painting grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Director(s): Matthew Harrison Tedford, Kristen Brown
  • Producer(s): Matthew Harrison Tedford, Kristen Brown
  • Writer(s): Matthew Harrison Tedford
  • Cinematographer(s): Kristen Brown

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