A Common Sequence

A Common Sequence

25th TiDF: International Premiere

Within the human struggle to live and work on a changing planet, questions of value, extraction, and adaptation echo across seemingly disparate worlds. A Common Sequence examines shifts of life and labor through a critically-endangered salamander and plant patents in the apple industry. Weaving the stories of Dominican nuns running a conservation lab, a group of fishermen attempting to live off of a depleting lake, engineers developing AI-driven harvesting machines, and an indigenous biomedical researcher resisting the commodification of human DNA, the film becomes a meditation on the shifting border between the natural and unnatural world, and the dynamics of power at play.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser
Cinematography: Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser
Editing: Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser
Sound: Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser
Producers: Graciela Guerrero Reyes, Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 77'
Contact: Mary Helena Clark, Mike Gibisser

Mary Helena Clark


2011 By Foot-Candle Light (short)
2012 Orpheus (Outtakes) (short)
2014 The Dragon is the Frame (short fiction)
2015 Palms (short)
2017 Delphi Falls (short)
2018 The Glass Note (short)
2020 Figure Minus Fact (short)
2023 A Common Sequence (co-direction)

Mike Gibisser


2008 Finally, Lillian and Dan (fiction)
2012 The Day of Two Noons
2015 Blue Loop, July (short)
2017 Travel Stop (short)
2018 World of Facts (fiction)
2019 Slow Volumes (short)
2023 A Common Sequence (co-direction)