The Registry (2021) is a fiction about the documentary-industrial complex by Alex Tyson.




32 minutes, 2.1 Stereo. 4k DCP/ProRes



Read the short essay on the work:
Twinning: Production Notes on The Registry [pdf].


The film was adapted from a multi-channel installation originally commissioned by Sheffield DocFest in 2021. It was recently presented on www.memory.is from February 25- March 3 2022 with supplementary materials. Download the press kit and stream the score by composer Ben Babbitt.



CREDITS

Commissioned by SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST
Made with support from ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

Curator HERB SHELLENBERGER

Starring RUSS CERNIGLIA, D.S. CHUN, NOEL DAVID TAYLOR, EMILY DOHN, CAITLYN DOHN

Written, Directed and Edited by ALEX TYSON

Camera and Sound ALEX TYSON, REZA KURNIAWAN, CAITLYN DOHN, BENJAMIN L TURNER

Still Photos PETER RUPLENAS

Voices on the phone TOM CARROLL, SHARON CURLEY

ORIGINAL SCORE BY BEN BABBITT in collaboration with Marta Honer (violin, viola), Frank Babbitt (violin) and Cornelia Babbitt (cello)

ORIGINAL COMPOSITION “REGISTRY PERCUSSION” BY JEFF WITSCHER

“THE NORTHERN SHORE” (1997) BY BARBARA MONK FELDMAN
Performed by GBSR Duo (Siwan Rhys & George Barton) with Mira Benjamin. From the sound recording Verses. © 2021 Another Timbre. Used by permission / courtesy of Simon Reynell.

“AUGUST MOON” (2015) BY ALVIN LUCIER.
Performed by Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis and Nicolee Kuester. Recorded by Tom Erbe. From the recording Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman. © 2019 Important Records. Courtesy of the composer.

Additional arrangements/edits by ALEX TYSON

Snare drum performed by BRIAN MCOMBER
Sound Design by ALEX TYSON, CELIA HOLLANDER, CODY PUTNAM
Set Decorator TOM CARROLL

Thanks CELIA HOLLANDER, THE DOHN FAMILY, HERB SHELLENBERGER, HANNAH CAMPBELL, KYLE ROPER, NICHOLAS KALIKOW, DINO EVERETT, LYRA MATIN

The characters, places, businesses and events depicted in this film are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred. No animals were harmed in the making of this film.
Dedicated to all witnesses of war.

All Rights Reserved © 2021 Alex Tyson



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Alex Tyson (1985) is an independent filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles. His work has screened at international festivals and art house cinemas, including Film at Lincoln Center (Art of The Real, 2018), The Museum of Modern Art (Doc Fortnight, 2016), and Visions du Réel (2015). He has worked as a cinematographer internationally, including the US, Brazil, China, The South Pacific, Europe, and Central Africa. He has contributed to Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentaries distributed by HBO, National Geographic, Discovery, and Netflix.

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Filmography as Director

2021  The Registry, fiction. Short film / two-channel installation. 30 min. and 149 min., looping
2018  Divieto 2, documentary. 12 min.
2015  Mountain Fire Personnel, documentary. 30 min.
2015  3 Minutes in America, fiction, 5 min.
2014  Winds of the Mediterranean, documentary. 6 min.
2013  0591-0691, 4 min.
2011  Baroque Suite, (co-directed with Troy Herion), 15 min.
2010  Movements for Plants and Camera, single-channel looping installation
2009  Charles Cohen at the Buchla Music Easel, 5 min.
2003  Serene Librarian, fiction. 10 min.