Ann Hodges: The Woman That Was Hit By A Meteorite (2021) & The Comet (2021)

Ann Hodges: The Woman That Was Hit By A Meteorite (2021)

Premiered at Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, USA on 29/08/2021
Screened at Durango Independent Film Festival, Durango, USA on 06/03/2022
Screened at George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, Florence, USA on 03-05/03/2022
Screened at at Kosice International Film Festival, Košice, SK on 05-07/05/2022

In 1954, an Alabama woman named Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite that crashed through the roof of her home. For years, this was the only documented case of an extra-terrestrial object injuring a human being. Despite turning Ms. Hodges into an overnight celebrity, the bizarre event marked the beginning of her tragic demise. Watch the full short documentary film here:

When I stumbled upon the remarkable story of Ann E. Hodges online, I was immediately captivated by the grainy black and white pictures that captured this bizarre footnote in history. As a visual artist that has a deep and dark fascination for forensic and (historic) news photography, I found the images that recorded the Sylacauga meteorite event almost too good to be true. After doing more extensive research on the event, I learned that the hero of the story was also the victim. With this experimental short film, I wanted to tell the incredible but tragic story of Ann Hodges and simultaneously reflect on my passion for low budget Hollywood science fiction films. I hope my film gives some recognition to the late Ann Hodges, whose short life was as wondrous as it was tragic. Ann Hodges: The Woman That Was Hit By A Meteorite showcases the gritty way in which humankind preserves history and violence through photographs while functioning as a homage to the incredible sci-fi films that dominated box offices in the 1950’s. I could not have made this film without the help of the staff of The University of Alabama and Getty Images, which supplied me with most of the pictures used in this short film. Because I couldn’t travel to Alabama myself because of COVID-19, I reached out to numerous Alabama locals through Facebook groups and forums. A special thanks to the people from these local communities, who were really kind and got out of their way to help me.

An old Alabama Map. 
The whole through which the meteorite crashed into Ann’s living room. © Alabama Museum of Natural History.
The meteorite. © The Alabama Museum of Natural History.

Memento

Aside from the film, I made this small box, which functions as a personal memento. After working on a project that solely exists in the digital realm, it felt nice to have a physical object as well. It includes a pair of 3D glasses and a bunch of anaglyphs. The box also holds a vial with an actual meteorite fragment inside.

The Comet (2021)

Premiered at Short Movie Club Festival, Minsk, BY on 25/03/2022

After I finished the documentary short film, I wanted to make another, more experimental version, which also explores American extraterrestial history and the power of media.

Synopsis
Three bizarre extraterrestrial occurrences – that exist on the border of fiction and reality – overlap in The Comet (2021). By appropriating news photos, UFO footage released by the Pentagon and a 1938 radio show in an unconventional way, this short film explores how media fuels changes our perception of space and extraterrestrial life… how (moving) images shape the stories that we tell about the unknown above.