I’ve always been fascinated by fairs and exhibitions. As a child, I traveled with my father to small town British Columbia’s rodeos and autumn harvest fairs. In my teens I tested my independence at our hometown carnivals by chasing girls amongst the rides and freak shows. When I could drive I took my parents car and drove to Vancouver’s Expo 86. The more I traveled as an adult and learned how other cultures celebrated, I felt a deep sadness looking back at my own experiences of what I thought culture stood for. Vancouver’s iconic Pacific National Exhibition has notoriously grown into a people watching phantasmagoria. Inspired by the experimental film work of Arthur Lipsett (21-87, Very Nice Very Nice), I spent 5 summers documenting the dark experience of the P.N.E. I kept true to his style, paying homage to recording sound and video separately and montaging the two in a juxtaposing explosion of sequences. Prize Home is an elegiac tone poem to the P.N.E., Arthur Lipsett, and to the strange celebration, we are sold as a culture.