Synopsis

The experimental documentary road movie travels in between home and mobility. Through the vastness of the US American West, the film follows mobile homes on their journey from tear-down to set-up. The dream of freedom and unlimited mobility conflicts with the harsh realities of life in late capitalism. Fragmented encounters come upon a former Las Vegas showgirl-turned-real estate agent, a trucker and ardent Tea Party supporter, a desert recluse who lives with nine dogs and as far away from people as possible, and long-term snowbird tourists chasing after the sun. Against the movie-set backdrop of Monument Valley, a Navajo couple describes real-life conditions on the reservation. Chasing Houses makes palpable the charged relationships between hopes and dead-end prospects, class conflicts and a “moving-on mentality“, and opens up questions of home, belonging, and the reality beyond the American Dream.