Civil War Surveillance Poems is a quadrilogy of short experimental films contemplating a second American civil war via lyrical nonfiction, mixing radio and twenty years of verité footage from the filmmaker’s archive.


Mitch McCabe (Director/Camera/Editing) is an educator and filmmaker whose film work spans narrative, documentary and the many areas in between. Her short films Playing the Part, September 5:10pm, Highway 403, Mile 39 and To Whom It May Concern have screened at Sundance, New Directors/ New Films, New York Film Festival. Her narrative feature This Corrosion premiered at Haugesund Film Festival and Maryland Film; her feature HBO documentary Youth Knows No Pain screened at IDFA, Lincoln Center and AFI Silverdocs, among others. A fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Flaherty Seminar, McCabe’s work has been supported by Yaddo, LEF Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, Jerome Foundation, SPACE Gallery, iPark Foundation and NYSCA. She has worked extensively as a cinematographer for series on A&E, Discovery and TNT. She has taught at Trinity College and Montclair State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY-Purchase College. She received her BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and her MFA from New York University Tisch Scholl of the Arts.