In LOOPHOLE, Jordan Strafer combines many symbolic representations of power related to image culture. The film work is inspired by the true story of the 1991 trial of William Kennedy Smith (John F. Kennedy’s nephew) who was accused of the rape of 29-year-old Patricia Bowman. The court case was televised and attracted extensive media coverage, with millions of viewers watching the event. The jury acquitted William Kennedy Smith of all charges and later the lead defense attorney married one of the jurors.
With imagined scenarios and re-enactments based on court transcripts combined with poetic and cinematic fictions, Strafer takes a genre popular at that time – the erotic thriller – to combine desire and law, power and systemic questions, sexuality and fear.