Set in the small desert town of Twentynine Palms, the film Nothing tells the story of Jane, a young woman whose only escape from her dead-end job (a maid in a rundown motel) and empty relationship (she doesn’t love him) comes from role-playing the lives of strangers. On the job, she pretends she’s the guests staying at the motel. A sort of Walter Mitty for the voyeur age.
Bay Area artist Tracey Snelling wrote and directed the 14-minute film, which features actress Elizabeth Guest as Jane. Nothing is currently on view at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, until October 1, 2014. It’s proof there’s a lot of life in every 14 minutes, should you so choose.