PROJECT #1 – THE FIG LEAF AND THE FURNACE OF THE NOVICE STARS

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“A Film Found on a Scrap Heap.”    Jean Luc Godard’s WEEKEND (1967)

PROJECT #1 will be entitled, THE FIG LEAF AND THE FURNACE OF THE NOVICE STARS. 

This will be an experimental narrative provocation mixing documentary still photography and incongruous non-diegetic narration.  Similar to Jean Luc Godard’s WEEKEND, it will attempt to depict capitalist society in the year 2009 through the distorted lens of “independent film narrative”.  Inspired by Godard’s groundbreaking film, we will display a deeply disturbing picture of the world, but instead of a capitalist versus socialist battleground we intend to show the effects of political vapidity on a group of people involved within a typical love triangle. 

 

We will explore the inability of humans to connect and become intimate, a yearning for a kind of self-perpetual utopia through self-help, eastern religion and cults, hyper sexual drives with no real outlet that quickly degrade into extreme fetish, and the effects of our technologically alienated society on human relationships. The ultimate accident played out in slow motion.

 

However, as the devastation is catalogued we will not allow the audience to forget the turbulent past of labor struggles against capital. The attempt for the human race to become agents of change is crucial and we adhere to its continued viability. Dramatic art must find ways to illuminate these troubles and find a common understanding towards a redemptive political consciousness of solidarity and internationalism, instead of reinforcing necessary illusions.  Our collage video project will serve as all things to all people, i.e. curious obscure oddity, soft porn, intellectual manifesto, educational tool and campy melodrama. The perspective gained will depend on the person.

 

Even with the sad decimation of newspapers and the end of the media as a viable fifth estate due to corporate consolidation, alternative sources of investigate journalism emanating from local citizen and community sites throughout the world such as INDYMEDIA and the rediscovery of NEWSREEL and CINEMA VERITE type documentary format give one much hope. Especially with the inexpensive Prosumer tools available.      

 

OUR CONCERN IS THE AUTHENTIC LIFE.  THE STRUGGLE TO MAKE ONE’S ACTIVE LIFE SIGNIFICANT. TO MAKE IT A WORK OF ART.  

Stay tuned!

3/25/09 – AHFA COMMUNIQUE #2

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~ by figleafthemovie on March 25, 2009.

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