Nothing: A film by Tracey Snelling
December 12 – January 8, 2014
Opening Event: Thursday, December 12, 6-8pm



Written and directed by Tracey Snelling
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery

Nothing tells the story of a young woman named Jane. She has resigned herself to a life with a man that she doesn’t love and a dead-end job as a maid in a small rundown motel. Her one form of escape is to try on the lives of the guests that are staying in the rooms she cleans.

As Jane reluctantly cleans while dabbling in her role playing game, she comes face to face with her own life, in a frightening and honest way.

Set in the heat-soaked town of Twentynine Palms, the desert landscape becomes a character, and the film rides the line between art and narrative.

Premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2012.

additional showings:
Crocker Art Museum, October 2013 to October 2014
Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium, September to November, 2013
14th Circuito Off Video Festival, Teatrino Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy, August, 2013
Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah, August 2 to September 1, 2013 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2012
Naperville Independent Film Festival, Naperville, IL, September 2012 Oakland Underground Film Festival, Oakland, CA, September 2012
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, May-August 2012

Tracey Snelling-writer, director, set design
Idan Levin-executive producer, producer
Christine No-producer
Elizabeth Guest as “Jane”
Todd Banhazl-cinematographer
John LaRosa-sound design, production sound mixer
Jeremy Castillo-editor, 2nd unit dp
Jeff Powers-gaffer
music by Ryan Ruehlen and My Uncle is a Cannibal


Through the use of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, Snelling gives her impression of a place, its people and their experience. Often, the cinematic image stands in for real life as it plays out behind windows in the buildings, sometimes creating a sense of mystery, other times stressing the mundane. Snelling has shown work in museums such as Gemeentemuseum Helmond, the Netherlands; Shanghai Zendai MOMA, China; The Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Republica, Bogota; and Stenersen Museet, Oslo. She has had solo exhibitions throughout the US as well as in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, and London, and has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai. Her large-scale installation Woman on the Run was originally commissioned by Selfridges, London during Frieze 2008, and has traveled to Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; 21c Museum, Louisville; Frist, Nashville; SECCA, Winston-Salem; and the Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach. Snelling presently has a solo exhibition at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels, and will have one at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco in December.