Peeling back the shrouded image, Exhumation is a reanimation of long lost desire.
A response to news of a celebrity paternity suit and the mythology adhered to it, Exhumation obsesses over buried memories to create one’s own monster from memory. Re-composed of images chemically treated to disintegrate, the figures peel their identities away to remain as ghosts of what once was. At once a diary of a death mask and of speculative hope, Exhumation dives through years of hurt feelings to find that although the body was here, you vanished.
Composed of various image-making processes, Exhumation is a work that employs various techniques including mordançage, to peel the emulsion off of the base of the film. For her assistance with this technique, i am indebted to Eva Kolcze. Mark Savoia provides a driving and decaying original score. This work is a continuation of my use of Super 16mm, as well as an initial phase of my rotoscoping and animation technique research.
Presented at 32nd BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, British Film Institute, London, March 2018
Presented at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, May 2018
Presented at 33rd Lovers Film Festival – Torino LGBTQI Visions, Torino, May 2018
Presented at Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, June 2018
Presented at Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, July 2018
Presented at Outfest Los Angeles, July 2018
Jury Prize – Best Experimental Film, Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, July 2018
Nomination – Short Film Competition, Norwegian Short Film Festival, June 2018
Screen at NOWNESS.com