New York performance group Temporary Distortion merges film, live performance and visual art in Newyorkland, which makes its New York Premiere in the festival. The work follows four male police officers who struggle with the challenges and rigorous demands of being a cop in New York City. Inspired by first-person accounts from real-life police officers along with popular 1970s cop films and TV police dramas, Newyorkland is staged by director Kenneth Collins in one of the company's signature box-like structures. This installation serves as a framework for the both the performers' restrained acting style and as a canvas for the arresting images of projections designer William Cusick.
Newyorkland performs as part of the COIL 2012 Festival.