i close my eyes and they disappear
A few years back I noticed a call for submissions for silent films from a local arts organization. The program’s objective was to pair up filmmakers with composers who would score silent short films. At the time I was culling footage I had shot during the summer on the set of Guy Maddin’s Keyhole + Seances shoot, footage which ultimately became a 29 film project called Residual Hauntings. I was depressed; I had quit my full time job in architecture to work with Guy in the summer, a hot blast of frenzied warehouse film madness filled with strange sets, stranger people and real life movie stars! But it was all long since over, and I was facing the long winter adjusting to being a lonely stay at home dad paired with a great deal of uncertainty on how to make any kind of living as an artist and filmmaker. The call for submissions was the spark I needed, a distraction, and hey, it might even pay a few bucks! I poured myself into transferring some super8 footage I had distressed/painted/bleached and otherwise violated, then shot, for the first time, some DSLR footage around the city and in my garage in my few free evening hours. But when it came to the edit, I got bogged down; how do people edit silent films? Having spent years being a mediocre drummer I figured I might be a whiz at visual rhythm but I couldn’t find the pulse. I had been listening to Jim O’Rourke’s ancient and obscure“Remove The Need” cassette obsessively and decided to sneak in an excerpt to help me edit. It worked! I stripped out the audio for the submission, but learned a few weeks later that the call for entries was cancelled, news met with mixed feelings. I was disappointed the film might not come to life the way I had envisioned, but frankly I already had the perfect soundtrack! I contacted Jim for permission to use the old cassette in the final edit and he graciously granted permission. My first project with a Jim O’Rourke soundtrack, marking the beginning of one of the best collaborative relationships I’ve been a part of.
A non-narrative dream film that explores the thin membrane between waking and sleeping.