Mariah Garnett Trouble

Mariah Garnett: Trouble

“One of the best documentaries of the year.”
Sight + Sound Magazine

"Garnett’s film is profound both for its presentation of the stakes of failed communication and for its optimism about our ability to connect." –Artforum

“…an intimate re-enactment of family and political histories alongside a fascinating dive into contemporary Ireland, a creative nonfiction focused on performative truth over journalistic accuracy.” –Hyperallergic 


Available January 25, 2021 to ticket holders with a password.
Purchase a ticket here.

8:00 PM

Screening introduced by Mariah Garnett, Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas

Curators' Notes

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10:30 PM

Q&A with Mariah Garnett, moderated by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas

You can watch in the video link below or join Zoom here with your passcode to take part in the Q&A.



Guggenheim Fellow Mariah Garnett introduces her experimental debut feature, Trouble (83 min), after its well-received screenings at the New York Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and CPH:DOX. Garnett creates a multilayered filmic texture that mirrors the fractured lens of history, pointing to the impossibility of “documentary truth.” Trouble delves further (with discreet poignancy) into the aesthetics of creative reconstruction and cross-gender impersonation explored in her earlier shorts. In Vienna, at age 27, she meets David, the father she had not seen since she was two. Born in Belfast, David had to leave Ireland after a BBC program exposed his interfaith romance with a Catholic girl. Shooting in Belfast, Garnett inhabits the traces of a lost history with a queer presence.

Preceded by: Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin (14 min, 2012) 

In person via Zoom: Mariah Garnett

The Jack H. Skirball Series is organized by Bérénice Reynaud and Eduardo Thomas and funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

KCRW is the Official Radio Sponsor of REDCAT.



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MON 1/25
8:00 pm

THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT LIMITED TO THE U.S. A ticket purchase includes online streaming access to the program as well as the ability to participate in the live Q&A afterwards. Streaming will expire on January 28th at 8pm.

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff