Nothing tells the story of a young woman named Jane. She has resigned herself to a life with a man that she doesn't love and a dead-end job as a maid in a small rundown motel. Her one form of escape is to try on the lives of the guests that are staying in the rooms she cleans.
As Jane reluctantly cleans while dabbling in her role playing game, she comes face to face with her own life, in a frightening and honest way.
Set in the heat-soaked town of Twentynine Palms, the desert landscape becomes a character, and the film rides the line between art and narrative.
Tracey Snelling, Trailer, 2011 (Film Still from Nothing, 2012, 15:00). Also a chromogenic print, 40x40”.
Written and directed by Tracey Snelling.
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery.
Through the use of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, Tracey Snelling gives her impression of a place, its people and their experience. Often, the cinematic image stands in for real life as it plays out behind windows in the buildings, sometimes creating a sense of mystery, other times stressing the mundane. Snelling has shown work in museums such as Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands; Shanghai Zendai MOMA, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Republica, Bogota; and Stenersen Museet, Oslo. She has had solo exhibitions throughout the US as well as in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, and London, and has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai. Her large-scale installation Woman on the Run was originally commissioned by Selfridges, London during Frieze 2008, and has traveled to Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; 21c Museum, Louisville; Frist, Nashville; SECCA, Winston-Salem; and the Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach. Snelling presently has a solo exhibition at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels, and will have one at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco in December. www.traceysnelling.com
Tracey Snelling-writer, director, set design
Idan Levin-executive producer, producer
Elizabeth Guest as "Jane"
John LaRosa-sound design, production sound mixer
Jeremy Castillo-editor, 2nd unit dp
Music by Ryan Ruehlen and My Uncle is a Cannibal
Nothing premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2012.