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Replica: When Life Photocopies Art

A few years back, pal and collaborator Raymond Scott Daigle wrote and directed Replica, a night-in-the-life ode to? corporate copy shop clones on the brink of revolt. The film ably combined guerrilla filmmaking (every frame was stolen, on-location, at an operating copy shop, during business hours) with a sardonic nod to the auteur’s own biography (Daigle’s early CV is dotted with several tours-of-duty in duplication destinations). Having appeared in the film, it was oddly affirming to spy a sign for Replica Copy, near the University of California, Berkeley campus. A case of life imitating art imitating life? Or, is the original just jammed in the photocopier of philosophy?

By Daedalus Howell

I explore the creative life as a storyteller, artist, and entrepreneur. I’m the writer-director of Pill Head and the forthcoming feature film Wolf Story. I’m also the author, most recently, of the novel Quantum Deadline, and am active in media (Bohemian, Pacific Sun). Learn how I went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

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