I'm excited to have my short film Nocturne premiere at Cinequest this year. The film festival happens Feb.28 - March 12, 2017 in San Jose, CA. More info about the film below...
In a strange school house, brainwashed children outfitted with gas masks are run through drills, while suited men broadcast propaganda from a mysterious board room. Events build to a climax as the masses are encouraged to choose war, at all costs. A true fiction created from actual footage. But are we witnessing our past, our present, or our future?
In the spring of this year I became overwhelmed by the constant trauma the news was bringing in from around the world: the quick succession of terrorists attacks, and our increasingly circus-like presidential election (extreme even for a typically circus-like political process). I had to self-enforce a media blackout for a couple of weeks to get some perspective. Was the world really falling apart?
I felt disoriented watching the politics of Trump as he mobilized the hatred and fear of many Americans. After hearing the media make repeated references to McCarthyism I began reading about Joseph McCarthy and the Cold War and then, as history so oftens illuminates for us, began to see that everything old is new again. Around this same time I was researching archival footage for a video project and came across a vault of old public domain film and radio recordings from that era. Something told me to just start compiling this stuff, and over a weekend I edited together something that expressed what I wasn’t yet able to articulate. This became my short film Nocturne, a darkly comic and dystopian vision of where we have been, and where we could go once again.
In this "true fiction" created from actual footage, I want viewers to ask themselves: are we witnessing our past, our present, or our future?