Thousands of corroded copper urns containing the cremated remains of unclaimed psychiatric patients were discovered in 2004. A tour of the Oregon State Hospital involving the local press and a State Senator was conducted to uncover the deplorable conditions of the hospital. What they didn't expect to find was a storeroom full of human ashes dating back to the late 1800s.
Length: 17 minutes
Premiere: New York
Director: Ondi Timoner, Robert James
Producer: Robert James, Kyle Parker, Ondi Timoner
Editor: James Leche, Kyle Parker, David Timoner
Director of Photography: Peter Simonite
Composer: Sherri Chung, Jonathan Beard
Primary Cast: David Maisel, Senator Peter Courtney, Mary Ellen Mark, Dr. Marvin Fickle, Rick Attig, Rob Finch
Robert James worked with award-winning director Ondi Timoner in editing and media management on We Live In Public and assistant camera and production coordination on the doc feature Cool It. Library of Dust is his first short film. Ondi Timoner is also known for the feature films DIG!, Join Us, and Nature of the Beast, and the documentary short Recycle.