Thursday, September 15, 2005

"Everybody's Got a Past..."

If you look closely at the various images portrayed in the mosaic above, you will discern the pretty face of yours truly in various states of consciousness/attire, acting the lead in a variety of low-budget psychological horror films made during my high school years by an obscure (and now defunct) production company called "Q&A Productions."

In The Skinny Clown, my character was a lovelorn photographer who, instead of passionately making out with the girl of his fantasies, takes pictures of her. At the end of the movie, the girl tells him that he looks like a clown. He stabs her and leaves her sitting alone to die at a coffeeshop. He then walks outside and smokes a cigarette.

In the black-and-white Sweet Pickles, my character ruminates on his strained relationship with his father and on the nature of cruelty, all while cavorting about in a bathroom wearing nothing but a pair of tighty-whiteys and a misshapen cowboy hat. In bitterness and frustration, he punches the wall, causing a framed picture of his father to shatter into a million pieces on the floor. While cursing himself, his father, and his bleeding fist, a shard of glass punctures his foot, and he slips in a puddle of his own blood, uncontrollably cracking his skull wide open on the bathroom counter. He dies, whimpering and alone, on the cold, hard plasticine floor.

In the music video Are You Ready? my character picks up a hooker and brings her back to a hotel room. She decides that he looks like a clown and will not sleep with him. He beats her senseless on the bed, then goes into the bathroom to wash up. As he looks into the mirror, the face of his grandfather stares back at him with an inexplicable look of conviviality. Featuring a cameo of my real-life grandfather, David Silverman z"l.

In Hey There, Jive Turkey! my character Ike meets up with a buddy to discuss his personal problems -- his girlfriend is cheating on him. Throughout the conversation, we learn that Ike is a depraved pervert who doesn't actually respect or care about his girlfriend or the buddy with whom he is talking. That's OK, though, because we discover gradually that the buddy is the one who's having the affair with Ike's girlfriend, right under his nose.

Remember, everyone, this was high school...

Why do I bring any of this up at such a seemingly random and/or inappropriate moment (it being Elul, the month of repentance and all)? Well, because the director/pal with whom I made all of these magnum opuses (opae?) just reappropriated/recontextualized a bunch of those old videos for a gallery opening that he recently did in Tampa. And supposedly he'll be sending me some video documentation. So stay tuned for some potentially sick shit, y'all, if you think you can handle it.

I'm not actually sure if I myself can, to be honest.


At 11:18 AM, September 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ask me, the guy who's doing this show should concentrate on some of his current work -- not stuff done well over ten years ago -- that, after all, was a high-school "project" and as we all know, people can -- and do -- change. Why concentrate -- or continue to concentrate -- on negative things. It doesn't make for a positive life.

At 12:08 PM, September 20, 2005, Anonymous youknowwho said...

I've got to agree with "anonymous" -- I'd hope that your pal has done some more mature work in the last ten years than what he and you did while in the teen-year angst/exploration/"see-how-awful-life-is-and-how-awful-we are" stage of life.
Time to move on from the past and look to the present and the future. And what better time than in Elul.

At 12:38 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ehh damn you all! let's go back to high school!!!!!!!!!!!!
(insert witty comment that reveals my identity here)

At 1:26 PM, September 23, 2005, Blogger Elster said...

Just found your blog through a Whispering Soul. I will be back.

At 5:53 PM, September 27, 2005, Anonymous sort of anonymous stu said...

What a bunch of snarfolicious "advice" offered by anonymous poody heads up there-- I say-- bring on the fake blood, brutal and ignorant sexist violence, goth music, acne and clown imagery.

At 6:54 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous brett said...

heh. i remember screening some of those films. actually pretty damn good stuff for high skool.


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