Untitled (Potential Terrorist)

In November 2001, a casting notice for (Untitled) Potential Terrorist ran in Backstage West, an L.A-based movie industry trade magazine and actors’ resource, requesting submissions for an untitled, silent, experimental film. The part description read, "Potential Terrorist: any age, gender, ethnicity. Must look like a terrorist." Each of the 32 actors who responded was invited to participate, three people were unavailable, so in the end 29 people (28 men and one woman) appear in Tribe's 16mm black and white silent film, which is structured as a series of one minute screen tests. Throughout the course of the 29 screen tests, a range of physiognomic "types" appear and disappear, each doing little more than looking at the camera, not unlike the screen tests produced by Andy Warhol in the mid 1960s. The last screen test Warhol made was of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, radical and left-wing publisher who died in 1972 in what Italian officials refer to as a thwarted urban terrorist attack: he was found dead under an electricity pylon alongside a quantity of dynamite.

Cast, in order of appearance:

  1. Nick Holevas
  2. Vas Andreas
  3. Staas  Yudenko
  4. Brendan McNamara
  5. John Freedom Henry II
  6. George Arce
  7. David Hernandez
  8. Andrew Boyle
  9. Joel Bernstein
  10. Jim Coyle
  11. Brian Earle (?)
  12. Angela Au
  13. Joe Chacon
  14. Karim Imam
  15. Kevin Danloe
  16. Brian Hendrickson
  17. Jeremy Ellis
  18. David Blue
  19. Doug Whitfield
  20. J. Hunter Ackerman
  21. Nathaniel Key
  22. Robert Gralek
  23. Michael Nyman
  24. Darren Robertson
  25. Ken Lyle
  26. Walter Slowe
  27. Ary Kian
  28. Daniel Kirsner
  29. Luis Zambrano


Directed by Kerry Tribe

Camera: Adele  Horne

Still Photographer: Karl Haendel

P roduction Assistance: Eric Steinman, Gloria Sutton, Sharon Hayes, Euan McDonald

Hair and Makeup: Jessica Peters

Negative Cutter: Sin Hok Gaw

Special Thanks to Mungo Thomson and Ed Beller


Filmed on location in Culver City, CA

Original running time: 30:07 min
Excerpt: 03:06 min