Arizona El Dorado (2016) is a short film shot on location in northeastern Arizona. I had previously bought an acre of land in that region, and the film attempts to come to terms with the implications of my purchase. Arizona El Dorado meditates on and creates parallels between a variety of histories and cultures surrounding the landscape of the American southwest. The film cycles through chopped-up and collaged images and a diverse and vibrant soundtrack that attempts to address the history of cultural and land appropriation and the implications of inserting myself — my camera, my body, and my own agenda — into the southwest. The film does not come to a definitive solution to this issue and instead ends with an ambivalent statement about my role in the southwest, by showing my view from a plane headed back to Chicago.