10 Years & 9 Days: About the Film
PAGE 18. This second, anti-unification trend can be summarized in terms of politics, law, economics and culture: the nation-state of the future is the individual human being. The individual human being is organically autonomous, in fact, an organism… By nature, only the human being is autonomous. When architects and planners speak of the city in terms of the human body – roads as ‘arteries’, communications networks as ‘nerve systems’, corporate and governmental headquarters as ‘brain centers’ – they make no more than a primitive analogy to the individual human organism, one that becomes tragic and totalitarian when CEO’s and politicians, who wield power in society, act as though this analogy were literally true.
Lebbeus Woods, Anarchitecture: Architecture is a Political Act Architectural Monographs No 22, Academy Editions/St. Martin's Press, 1992.
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…between the discovery of a new world order and the erasure of the world’s greatest tradition…

elements of the making and synopsis of
10 Years & 9 Days

The Berlin Wall, a civic tragedy in architecture, falls on November 9, 1989, and the void it left in the urban spaces of the German city are now filled with the world’s most critically engaging architecture. Ten years and nine days later, the Aggie bonfire falls creating a civic tragedy in architecture of its own right, albeit at a smaller scale. With this film as his final report, Bradley Angell investigates whether a critically important redemption of the pyrotonic tradition is possible as the tragedy still leaves a void both in the spirit and the psyche of the campus. Reaching beyond the memorials that litter our urban spaces as emotional fillers for tragic events, 10 Years & 9 Days is an engaging story of the manner in which we do not just remember our cultural heritage, but redeem it in our structures and traditions in the face of the erosion brought by change in our globalized world.

10 Years & 9 Days is a feature-length documentary that runs 111 minutes. It was completed in November 2006, produced in the United States, and shot in the United States and Germany. The budget is estimated at $35,000, and was funded with student research awards, personal savings, a graduate student stipend, donations, credit cards and David & Beverly Angell’s gas card.

10 Years & 9 Days was shot in MiniDV, 16 mm, and with a composite of still photography – 35mm, Medium Format, Digital, and Large Format. Exhibition formats include MiniDV (preferred) or DVD NTSC. This film is primarily delivered in American English, but also includes the following languages (all subtitled in American English): Spanish, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Contact Information

Bradley E. Angell
Post Meridiem Partners
106 S. Houston
Cameron, Texas 76520

Production Stills
  • Director: Bradley E. Angell Berlin or Black Rock Desert
  • Complete Cast & Crew of Berlin: Rodney Hutto, Eli Padilla, Jack Wojtowicz, Bradley E. Angell, Trenton H. Jacobs (2nd row), and Ryan Puckett (photographer)
  • 2005 Aggie Off-Campus Student Bonfire Cut Volunteers
  • Urban Architecture in Berlin
  • Deconstructing Postmodernism
  • Further Information
    Civic tragedy, be it due to natural or political causes, has now become a normal part of contemporary globalized society. At Texas A&M University the student body is still recovering from their own local civic tragedy – the collapse of the Aggie Bonfire in 1999 which extinguished 12 student lives. Utilizing Berlin, Germany; Isla Vista, California; and the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, three examples of communities are presented to represent civic tragedies at very different scales, each expressing unique architectural responses to encourage a healthy civic evolution. In each case, an architectural tragedy led to an architectural response for redemption: the International Building Exhibition of 1987 in Berlin, the IV Recreation & Park District in Isla Vista, and Black Rock City in Nevada.
    Production Credits
    Bradley E. Angell: Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, Sound.
    Trenton H. Jacobs: Executive Producer, Music, Graphic Artist.
    Christine Liu: Executive Producer, Photographer.
    Ryan B. Puckett: Director of Photography, Photographer.
    Rodney Hutto: Executive Producer.
    Eli Padilla: Photographer.
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    Website photography by Ryan Puckett except where otherwise noted.
    Website by Bradley E. Angell.
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