Keep Busy is a spontaneous, improvised story of a group of people living on an island off Nova Scotia. Obsessed with daily aspects of their lives and the cycles of nature, the group is subjugated by a lighthouse keeper and his messenger, who have access to the only radio, and therefore control the news.
Filmed in Wendover, Nevada, in early 1981, Energy and How to Get It combines documentary and fictional ideas. What began as a documentary film about Robert Golka — an engineer who was experimenting with ball lightening and the development of fusion as an energy force — was turned into a spoof on the documentary form, inserting fictional characters into the story such as the Energy Czar (William Burroughs) and a Hollywood agent (filmmaker Robert Downey).
Robert Frank's first video project — made cheaply, with a half-inch video Portapak — is about the relationship between Frank's life as an artist and his personal life, and how the two are inevitably intertwined. Home Improvements takes place in New York and Nova Scotia, as well as in the mental space between those two opposing worlds.