Reynold Reynolds’s film Burn is a narrative collage in which a house burns slowly from the inside out, while its occupants—seemingly oblivious to the spreading disaster—focus on the emotional issues and quotidian details of their lives. Like prisoners serving sentences without appeal or hope of reprieve, a couple sits quietly reading as fires spontaneously ignite and consume their clothing, books, and furniture. While using cinematic language to structure an anti-narrative film, the work manages to retain an intense sense of drama as the conflagration grows and envelopes the couples’ home.
Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, Reynolds studied Physics and received a Bachelor’s degree under the professorship of Carl Wieman, a 2001 Physics Nobel Laureate. Changing his focus to studio art, he remained two more years in Boulder to study under experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After moving to New York City, Reynolds completed an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts. In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 invited to The American Academy in Berlin. In 2008 he received support from the German Kunstfonds to develop two projects in Berlin. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his film work, including the Festival Award for Secret Life at the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck in 2008, the ‘09 Distinction Award for Six Apartments at Transmediale Berlin and Honorable Mention for Secret Life at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in 2012.