Talena Sanders
Tokens and Penalties 1
2012
HD video
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Premiere: New York Film Festival Views from the Avant-Garde 2012
University of North Carolina Greensboro Dance Film Festival 2013

1. If the same dream occurs three times, then count it as a personal revelation, an individual prophecy.

2. Mysteries Of The Temple–Fearful Oaths And Secret Ceremonies–Saintly Privileges–Shocking Doings In Days Gone By–Whisperings Of Terrible Deeds–How The Mormons Mind Their Own Business–A New Name-Terrible And Revengeful Oaths–The Punishment Of The Apostate–Pains And Penalties Of Betrayal–The Mysterious Mark–Secret And Significant Signs–Eight Hours Of "Mystery–I Justify Myself.

3. Besides this, every Mormon’s mouth was closed by the oath of that same temple—the penalty for breaking this oath was worded in the most startling and impressive way, a penalty which no one doubted would be sternly enforced. The throat of the traitor was to be cut from ear to ear; his heart and tongue to be cut out; and his bowels were—while he was yet living—to be torn from him. In the world to come, everlasting damnation would be his portion.

A performance for camera meditation on faith practice in the place where the Donner Party was slowed and land speed records are set.

Screenings:
You Better Have More Than What You Started With (group exhibition), Grammar Center, Medford, OR (2014)
A Peculiar People: Films by Talena Sanders, Nightingale Cinema, Chicago (2013)
University of North Carolina Greensboro Dance Film Festival (2013)
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2013)
Premiere: New York Film Festival Views from the Avant-Garde (2012)


*Available on DVD of short films by Talena Sanders
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