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artist response AShley Kreidler

Mock up On Mu is a blend of found images in a collage format used to tell a story in a narrative/documentary form. Craig Baldwin described the film as a critique of not only the war industry, but also of the institutions that U.S. militarization cultivates in order to propagandize military action. The film portrayed the lives of three underground occult icons of post-WWII—Jack Parsons, L. Ron Hubbard, and Marjorie Cameron—and how their lives intertwined. The film showed how they established themselves as influential figures not only in the occult world, but also in mainstream American culture.
Craig Baldwin is a self-proclaimed “experimental? film-maker. The process of making this film demanded that he collect footage from Hollywood films, educational videos, propaganda footage, avant-garde films, and his own previously shot movies. He described the process of collecting footage as a “lifestyle? rather than a collection procedure. In addition to his found footage, he interlaced his own live-action footage to illustrate the narrative aspect of the film. More specifically, he interspersed his own footage into the collage format in order to convey the story more clearly. The film was weighted with an equal amount of found footage and live-action shots. Baldwin stated that he perceived the footage he shot to have equal or lesser value to the actual found film. In other words, he treated his own live-action shots as found footage as well. Therefore, his live action characters took on new meaningful personas as they were shown amongst influential icons such as Alister Crowley, Lockheed Martin, and Kenneth Anger.
Baldwin’s approach to filmmaking creates a connection between the message he wants his films to portray with the previous meaning of the footage he uses. In other words, Baldwin’s film will have a personal as well as general response from the audience because each viewer has different associations with the found footage. For example, the person I went to the film with interpreted parts of the movie differently than I because he and I had made different connections with some of the found film that Baldwin used.
Therefore, Baldwin’s style of filmmaking prompts the audience to interpret the film in their own way, while still maintaining the general premise of the movie.