Running time 74 minutes
I mostly wanted to make a film about narcissism… But I also wanted to tell a story about a poet in a contemporary setting. Those who create and share poetry do it most often because of their love for the form, as it’s virtually impossible to base a financially stable model upon one’s poems… Within the context of this film, our poet steals. She steals things that apply to her vanity (mostly clothing), frivolous things like candy, and emotional fixtures like other people’s romantic partners. This to me is the comedy, the narcissist who indulges in her art, yet covets things that subvert the order she seems to be rallying against. The anti-capitalist notions, juxtaposed with the need and desire of money to survive, is not an accident, and hopefully provides 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 desire 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. I told her I wanted to work together- she was unimpressed, but intrigued enough to meet for coffee. We soon realized that we had several friends in common, and we quickly formed our own friendship. Dasha would come to my studio certain afternoons, 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 what was said in 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 nobody in this world would pity, other than the two of us.
Softness of Bodies will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in September 2018.
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