Running time 74 minutes
I wanted to make a film about narcissism... But I also wanted to tell a story about a poet in a contemporary setting. Those creating and sharing poetry do so because of their love for the form, as it’s virtually impossible to base a stable financial model upon one’s poems... Within the context of this film, our poet steals. She steals things that apply to her vanity, frivolous things like candy, and emotional fixtures like other people’s romantic partners; the paradox of a narcissist devoted to her art, coveting the material things that define the order she’s rallying against. The anti-capitalist notions, juxtaposed with the need (and desire) for money to survive, hopefully provide the basis for some deeper thought, especially when things turn darker in the story.
Dasha and I have been friends for about two years, and the urge to make this film came from the experience of our friendship. We first met at an art opening where I recognized Dasha from her Instagram account. We realized that we knew many of the same people and quickly formed our own friendship. Dasha would come to my studio sporadically, where we took turns speaking over one other and grieving about our respective problems. The story of Softness of Bodies doesn’t has much to do specifically with the content of those conversations, it’s more an attempt to capture the tonality of how we spoke to one another... The jokes we would tell, the humor we shared, and the tragedy in our lives that few would feel compassion for, besides, of course, the two of us.
Softness of Bodies premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in September 2018.