This film was made for an exhibition entitled "Ghosts of the Catskills". The history of the Catskills had made an impression on me was that of the alchemy of landscape and the influence of Woodstock hippie culture.
Hippie Home Movie 2013
This film was made for an exhibition entitled "My Icon" Jumping off the springboard of the popular religious iconography of mother and child, as a mother I took my child as the subject. Not only is this logical visually, my child being a dominant subject in my life on a daily basis, but also for a gentle and contemplative state which is so innate. By witnessing the development of emotion one becomes connected to the essence of humanity. KIND is one of those moments.
A surrealistic narrative is created which collapses different realities into one, by means of both similarities and juxtapositions There is a certain irony in creating such a narrative which revels in the popular romanticism of a sleep state, as a means to open the door to an interior world of alternative realities and parallel universes.
Although Gift also implements the model of fairy tales as cautionary tales there is no moral here. Instead the allusion to substances and their effects lies in the absurdity of possibilities
GIFT 2010 (excerpt)
INSTINCT: Bitches Side
Originally one side of a live multiple projection, INSTINCT mixes irrationally convergent imagery. An iconography of the intangible and intuitive, time lapses as elemental aspects of the female psyche. Psychedelic disorder and repetition, visual collage suggests a alternative syncretism.
Featuring an original composition, Ataxia by Manorexia, aka J.G.Thirwell.
WATCH OUT! is a lighthearted poetic comment which addresses concepts of male voyeurism. Exploring clichés to the point of saturation, these combinations present different ways of learning to look and looking to learn.
Music by Mark Abramson
Made in Collaboration with Holly Adams.
Starring Holly Adams & Bob Mook.
The original idea for this film came about as a reaction to a sense of violation experienced through a love affair gone wrong. Hoping to express the conflict between the feminine experience of sex as a loving unifying event and its corruption by the male’s base animal instincts. The female body is not necessarily portrayed as a sexual phenomenon. It is the male who transforms the nude female form into an image of sexuality. The inclusion of nudity and penetration in film is often perceived as and labeled pornographic, in this instance, nudity and penetration are not intended to arouse or stimulate the audience. Instead, it invites the viewer to contemplate the relationship he or she has to his or her own sexuality.
NYMPHOMANIA 1994 (Excerpt)
Co directed with Annabel Lee.
Starring Marti Blue, Johnny Lanz, David Huberman & Jennifer Kabat.
Inspired by and loosely based on the introduction to Blue Of Noon by Georges Bataiile, the title was taken from the name of the main character. It is a short prtrayal of one person's descent into a state of degradation. In spite f her affluence, Dirty is rendered helpless in the hands of those she sought to patronize.The shifting points of view of this film allow the viewer to experience the protagonist as she is seen by herself, and how the world sees her.
DIRTY 1993 (Excerpt)
JANE GONE is a blues video made with the infamous New York band, The Workdogs : Rob Kennedy and Scott Jarvis with sideman Jerry Williams. The Workdogs and Hughes-Freeland had performed together with live music and projections on several occaisions, and formed a bond through the conceptual performance Church of the Little Green Man for whom The Workdogs were the church band. JANE GONE is a further development of Hughes-Freeland combining found and original footage in an experimental and ironic manner.
JANE GONE 1987
Made in collaboration with Tommy Turner.
Starring Billy Mauerson.
This film was made at a very nihilistic time. Brutal, indifferent and twisted, it expresses the horror and torment of heroin addiction. Its intended purpose as an anti drug movie is pretty ironic.
RHONDA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Rhonda Goes to Hollywood 1985
BABY DOLL is a short documentary portrait of two topless dancers: Ferne & Irene. Shot in New York City in the early 80’s, whilst they prepare for work, Ferne and Irene talk about their job, their experiences and their patrons.