How To Build A Forest

dir. Jenn Tran | 06”34’ | AUSTRALIA 
sci fi | cine-essay

Centering her perspective from Agnes Denes' land artwork 'A Forest For Australia' (1998), a scientist from a distant future returns to Earth to understand how her colony might build its first forest. What begins as a scientific mission becomes a meditation on place, memory and the weight of progress.

Electronic Press Kit

director, animator, producer: Jenn Tranwriters: Kelly Bartholomeusz, Jenn Transound designer, composer: Mara Schwerdfergercamera operator, cinematographer: Veronica Charmont voice over: Jessica Douglas-Henry 16mm processing & scanning: nanolab,MEMEORY Lab, Jordan James Kaye additional support: Damien Laing, HRAFF & Directors Circle, Footscray Community Arts, Robert Stephenson, Docklands Library Makerspace, OPEN Lab, SOUND KITCHEN, Scout Management, Greater Western Water director’s thanks: Tran Family, Lucy Davidson, Anne Wegner, Derrick Duan, Amy Manson, Lilly McPake, James Lindsay, Paul Fletcher, Luke Garcia-Marin, OFFSHOOT Rentals


I respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land - the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past and present.

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land. 

© Jenn Tran 2024