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Seattle native’s Buried Land Debuts at Tribeca

Is Geoffrey Alan Rhodes "Borat in Bosnia"?

By Laura Dannen April 20, 2010

Outside a small town in central Bosnia lies the Valley of the Pyramids—a site of ancient structures that predate their Egyptian counterparts. At least, that’s what we’re supposed to believe. In Buried Land, a part-drama, part-documentary by Seattle native Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and Steven Eastwood, the line between fact and fiction is blurred as two actors interact with residents of Visoko—who blame them for being like "Borat in Bosnia"—as they seek out answers about faith and the legend of the pyramids.

Rhodes, a filmmaker and installation artist, has a reputation for experimenting. Since leaving Seattle in 2003 for what he calls Buffalo’s "avante-garde video community," he’s re-imagined cinema by doing a mashup of Rambo movies, splicing scenes onto a digital deck of playing cards. He’s won awards for his documentaries, and now premieres his first feature film at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan on Thursday. Buried Land screens on April 22; the festival runs April 21-May 2.

Read more about locals teaming up with Tribeca Film here.

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