Rebekah Modrak’s film The Implicit Jacques Panis was accepted into the Bolton International Film Festival in Bolton, UK this October 2-4, 2018. The Bolton Film Festival screens innovative and groundbreaking short films from independent filmmakers from around the UK and the world. Modrak’s film will be screened in a showing of Experimental Film Shorts.
The Implicit Jacques Panis is a rectified readymade, made by painting on a found video promoting the company Shinola. The source footage shows a day-in-the-life of Shinola’s former president Jacques Panis. Detroit is the playground for his activities and his scene of conquest. The altered film creatively comments on the original by dressing Panis in a series of hats that hint at the implications of power in each scene. The Implicit Jacques Panis is dense with allusions to American history, politics, and pop culture, humorously trapping Panis as a deadpan actor in his role as a leader marketing Detroit authenticity for the consumption of affluent whites.