media works by Michael Trigilio
video: Thanks for Giving My Number Back (2007)
about: Filmmaker Michael Trigilio has nightmares that he is a Christian rock-star. Plus, he's receiving phone calls from beyond the grave. Worse yet, some guy got out of prison and wants his phone number back. An innovative experimental documentary-style digital film, Thanks for Giving My Number Back is packed with great humor and thought-provoking moments of personal anxiety and grief. Featuring a cast of non-actors (mostly family and friends of Trigilio), Thanks blurs the lines between fiction and documentary, keeping the audience guessing and laughing throughout.
Thanks for Giving My Number Back explores the thin lines between love and death, fantasy and reality, hope and helplessness. Equal parts self-portraiture and science fiction, the story shapes itself into a tangle of chuckles, heartache, and anxiety.
screenings: 2007 - The Mobile Archive, WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland
2007 - SoCal Animators - Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2007 - Bay Area Music and Dance Video Art, Fluctuating Images, Stuttgart, Germany
2007 - Bay Area Music and Dance Video Art, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
2007 - Thanks for Giving My Number Back, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA
2007 - Thanks for Giving My Number Back, 21 Grand Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 - P.O.V. Animation Festival, Cerrito Theater, El Cerrito, CA
2007 - The Mobile Archive, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
2007 - Stranger Than Fiction, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
2007 - T-10 Video Festival, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA