The remarkable Writing in Water (1984), which runs less than half an hour, consists of a collective account by a rural Kentucky family and their neighbors of a visit by an old friend who has clearly lost his mind. Beautifully articulated, this tape gradually constructs two stories at once—an oblique narrative of a man going to pieces, and an equally fascinating and challenging portrait of how the family and their neighbors deal with it, practically and emotionally. The narrative method recalls Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, but Roszell’s editing and juxtapositions of sound and image are so beautifully structured that the work becomes mesmerizing in its style and content—and wholly original. On the same program, Roszell’s latest video, A Season in Hell. Roszell will be present to discuss his work.