16mm, b/w, silent, 7 minutes, 2002
Schumann uses the piano concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann as a structuring element. Schumann suffered greatly in his life from nervous breakdowns, obsessions, and manias. The music in visual form is used also as punctuation for the various moods in the film.
The film begins with a series of lists of phobias, fears, statistics and drawings of the Brooklyn Bridge. The second half of the film presents information from numerous websites about how to control anxieties, and images of trees cut or tied down to train their growth. The last image in Schumann is the only live-action section, showing two shots of the changed Lower Manhattan skyline with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. This reflects the time, space, and sensibility in which the film was created.