movements depicting a trip through a VHS tape into the banks of 21st
century Mondo digital technology addiction, and the pregnant pause of
the character's existence which leads to their inner stagnation.
With each scene depicting a personal quest for
salvation, we follow a DJ shaman intent on oblivion through clubland, a
desert drifter get's in touch with a purer world after escaping a
violent cult. An actor reminiscing about his deceased child’s stillbirth, and a nymphomaniac developing pregnancy addiction, these
counteract segments involving lazy, disillusioned anarchists - the
homicidal preacher facing an existential crisis and a transfigured
philosopher who’s descended into the madness of a demon psyche.
All are a springboard into hysteria by means of going
through your private hell and making it to the other side reborn after
witnessing a psycho-sexual ceremony involving ritual.
As an independent filmmaker how
important is the accessibility of digital distribution for you? And what are
the advantages of platforms such as Raindance Releasing who hold your feature,
It’s the highest thing that a film director could
wish for,if only we prayed for it sooner,
the flood gates have been opened up and cinema is turning into a mad house,
filmmakers can make any type of film they want. I’ll never make mainstream
films that are tailored for boring cinema chains like Showcase. Raindance
embraces alternative cinema more than a lot of other film festivals. Its what
Sundance should have become, everything doesn’t have to be professional or even
cohesive to make sense and they understand that. The advantages are you get to
lease your film out to distributors and keep things simple, I have a 2 year fair
and honest licensing deal with Raindance, it’s not even about the money anymore
because if your film becomes a hit in the mainstream market everyone involved
in the films production is going to get ripped off anyway, also filmmakers get
to focus on a pure aesthetic without having to make cuts for the censors.
2.I am aware that your feature is
also available for free viewing via youtube, why did you opt to put it online
in this way?
It was free on YouTube for a few
years and from there it built up an audience and now I want to experience the
support of like minded people, before I had more time to concentrate on doing
everything. I had filmmakers like Lars von Trier, Jonathan Caouette, Bruce LaBruce
and Nick Zedd support the film and it developed this DIY Punk audience, the
idea that anyone can make a feature film out of everyday life, scripts are such
a drain you miss out on so much spontaneity, Im free spirited, I’ll improvise
entire films based around different years. For my next feature called Pregnant Im
going to concentrate having the film shown in South Korea, Im surprised the
internet hasn’t been banned sometimes. Put your work online for a worldwide
audience and lets put corporations who monopolize the film industry out of
3.With the growth of VOD platforms
as well as digital distribution the advantage has been that more filmmakers are
able to showcase their work to a wider audience, but in relation to this there
seems to be the worry that traditional cinema viewing will go in decline. Do
you think that is a possibility?
Yes and it’s about time I don’t
see it as a worry, films should be shown everywhere, the group Exploding Cinema
screen films under bridges and others have been screened in insane asylums and
homeless shelters. People are going to want to get together, it’s a long story.
A lot of peoples TV screens are almost as big as a movie theatre screen anyway
these days, people will just have to get up and organize their own events instead
of sitting around if they miss the old movie experience so much, I wish there
were more car drive-in movie theatres, they were a good idea, and it’s smoother
to get off with your date in a car.
4.For independent filmmakers as
yourself what is the aim when distributing a film, is having your feature on a
big screen the mission or has that changed?
It hasn’t changed for everybody
because some people still really want to see their film on a big screen, which
is for some filmmakers, my movies work better in small groups, either with
tiger blood or poetic misfits looking to see the world scrambled. For me the
occasion or happening is more important that just showing my films on any
generic big screen. At the moment Im organizing Black Biscuit to be screened at
my Psychedelic Pussycat club night in Nottingham on April 25th at the
Chameleon. My aim is to turn on and tune in every country through the black
market door especially in places like Iran.
5.Finally, who are the audiences
you aim to attract to your work?
People with an open mind who are looking for movies
that challenge them, movies such as Performance, The Brown Bunny, Trash
Humpers, Being John Malkovich, or Alps. I see cinema as alchemy. Something
where you should walk away after a screening feeling melted and altered.
The 2nd feature film Pregnant by Fabrizio Federico is nearing completion.
While recently discussing the film he talked to us about ''tackling the subject of living with death as an immediate danger, to divorce oneself from society, to exist without roots, and to set out on that uncharted journey with the imperatives of self''. Pregnant is about finding salvation by whatever means necessary (insanity, spiritualism, addiction, fun, death) and reflecting on the stagnation of society's spiritual growth in the 21th century, and on the growing concern towards people's addiction to technology. He is calling it a 'Pop Art Symphony for Film'. This sensibility of mixing topics such as Sensory Perception, Shamanic medicine dancing, different states of consciousness, and the lack of tribal initiation in modern society culminates in a movie showcasing enlightened anarchy.