STATEMENT FROM ACTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER, EMILY FARIS
This tale has haunted me for over a decade—initially formless, now realised. I lost my mother at the age of ten and have been unable to find the "perfect" way to convey what that absence feels and looks like. After years of work, consisting of equal parts self-indulgence and self-distancing, I allow her death to simultaneously be everything and nothing to do with who I am today.
I wonder: What does curative grief feel and look like?
To me, grief is measured in time. Grief ages with you and takes shape after you. It can become a shadow that haunts you or a lifelong friend that walks with pride alongside you.
But what happens when you outgrow the identity you constructed out of your grief— do you take it as an opportunity to change or do you fall deeper into your past?
We projected my history onto an isolated moment, a what-if scenario. Through translation and collaboration the project became a work of fiction infused with real life elements.
We broke down a very specific moment of the unceasing journey through grief: picked it apart, examined it and made the remains into a hauntingly beautiful, tactile museum.
STATEMENT FROM DIRECTOR, JOSHUA GLEASON
When I was asked to be a part of this project, I didn't quite know what it was. Part dream, part reality. Fiction, but not quite. It came in fragments, but they were specific. And like a dream, when you wake up, the specifics blur but the echoes remains
The film immediately felt like a ghost story to me. Bronte, Poe. The sense of place was overwhelming. It was the main character. A space given life by the past and memories that played out in the present. Upon visiting the location, this became even more apparent.
We made this film as a way for loss and hope to coexist, past and future. But in order to do this, we took on the perspective of the constant present. The immediate moment always being pulled in both directions. The instability of an atom.
The project was always about a feeling. How does one live with grief? And how is the weight distributed?
We continue to seek answers, but we hope the seeds are evident in the work.