03-01-19 is a video diary which culminates hours of footage from three significant road trips that we–filmmaker and photographer friends and I–took throughout the first half of this year. During which we covered most of the west coast, first traversing the lateral borders of Washington, then later Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
I usually don't know what I want to do when I have my camera with me on trips. Sometimes we consider making a road movie like The Rain People, but entirely improvised, or sometimes I think about doing an some sort of experimental nature doc or a music video or a "tone poem”. In this case, I really just wanted to capture the atmosphere as it was, as truly as I could. I just wanted to make something that would feel like a look back in time to my future children. A video that resonates with me in the same way that my parents childhood home movies do.
I set the footage aside and waited a few months before assembling the clips in a way that, as closely as possible, resembles my recollection of the trips. I wanted to create this in the way that I remember it; Disregarding conventional "temporally-accurate" journalism. I ended up with this idiosyncratic mix of contrast and repetition. Some sort of tonal, personal, experimental anti-vlog, doc thing.
Henry Chastain, 2019.