A Common Sequence | Mike Giblisser, Mary Helena Clark | 2023 | 77 minutes
A Common Sequence examines shifts of life and labor through a critically-endangered salamander and plant patents in the apple industry. Weaving the stories of Dominican nuns running a conservation lab, a group of fishermen attempting to live off of a depleting lake, engineers developing AI-driven harvesting machines, and an indigenous biomedical researcher resisting the commodification of human DNA, the film becomes a meditation on the shifting border between the natural and unnatural world, and the dynamics of power at play. (Cinema Guild)
A Common Sequence was featured at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Mary Helena Clark’s work was selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Mike Gibisser exhibited at AFI and Harvard Film Archive, and he is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.