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Mary Billyou
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: As an experimental filmmaker, I focus the viewer upon navigations between intimacy and authority, witnessing and perception, hallucination and memory. I re-order anonymous authoritative directives through the editing techniques of sequence and collage. Inspired by the spirit of punk and feminism, by the surrealist objet trouvé and cut-up, I hope to disrupt and redirect the viewer to a new place where he or she feels free to invent his or her own truth. Ideally, this is a place where different narratives and repressed histories are suggested.
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A color negative rayogram employing the tails of Central Broadcasting System programs. With soundtrack.


Early 20th century footage of convulsing figures. Their bodies erased, covered up, whited out. A medium shot against a makeshift background, repeating with little variation. There are others in the frame, uniformed others: doctors, orderlies, police, soldiers? Trouble in the trouble. – Pablo de Ocampo, Images Festival

Good Translator, or Mohamed Yousry: A Life Stands Still

by Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, 2006 A short documentary about Mohamed Yousry, a naturalized American citizen who’s life changed radically after September 11, 2001. Mohamed immigrated to the United States in 1980. For the next twenty years, he developed a full and happy life, as a husband, father, professional translator, and academic. On September 13, 2001 Mohamed was approached by the FBI on his doorstep in Queens, NY. Currently, Mohamed is serving his prison sentence and waiting to find out what his fate will bring.


 








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