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REQUIEM // 102 // 40

UPDATE: We made it to 40. The project is alive but sleeping now. Many thanks to the creative talents of all who contributed to this experiment. Below is the original project description. While each of these offers a unique angle of entry into the film, Posts #2 and #28 are among my favorites. NR


October 27, 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, a movie that shook some foundations. To mark that and to extend the super-charged, experimental aspects of the film, REQUIEM // 102 examines/explores/riffs on/detours from/deconstructs/ responds to/aggravates/ supplements/ one frame from each minute of the film. 102 minutes = 102 frames. The project aims to push the boundaries of the medium and experiment with new ways of thinking and writing about film.

Is this hagiography? No. You do not need to be a fan of the film to participate. This is an archaeological survey of the film, not an ode to it. There are no editorial constraints on the approach you take to your assigned frame, except that it be compelling.

Here is how it works:

Each contributor will be assigned one frame from the film. Each frame will be taken from a separate minute from the film. For instance, frame #52 will correspond to minute #52.

Contributors will write something “about” the frame in somewhere between 200 and 2,000 words, or create a visual response (i.e., a poster, an image, a graph, etc.). The length of the contribution is not as important as its power. How contributors decide to respond to the frame is entirely up to them.

The project launched on November 1, 2010. Each contributor was assigned a frame and a publication date, beginning with a frame from minute #1, published on November 1, and ending with a frame from minute #102, whenever that may be.

On each assigned date, a new contributor will publish his/her piece.

The main hub will exist at this site, which will announce, upon the day of publication, the new contributor’s post and will include the frame in question and a link to the contributor’s website wherein the post appears.

In the event that a contributor does not have a suitable web site to host his or her contribution, it will be published at this site, although the preference is for each contribution to appear at a different site.

Please contact me at if you are interested in contributing.

Yours truly,

Nicholas Rombes

Secretary General, REQUIEM // 102