Alot of aspects of Gummo gave me inspiration. It's an art film, and there is no distinct progression or narrative. The way he explained this is when he watches a film he only remembers specific scenes or clips, or characters. So he tried to recreate this with these non linear clips of life in the post tornado rural Ohio town.
I really love the scene in the kitchen, when the redneck family are arm wrestling and start fighting the chair. It reminds me of a house I went to in Palma Idaho, you should google it, I was really in the middle of nowhere. A Mexican guy who's dating someone's daughter who lives there invites me in, and a guy comes out of the bedroom with his top off tensing like he's gonna hit me. he was quite nice, he gave me directions, the dad is sat at one corner of the room mute, watching westerns on some analogue tv, and the mothers smoking in the kitchen.
What I'm trying to achieve is the brink between documentary and acted film. Facts do not necessarily constitute truth, especially when it comes to interpreting something - for instance in film. I want to use real people, tell them their actors, and get them to act a version of themselves, tell real stories, say what they would say, but have the power to emphasise or edit, it's the perfect compromise to produce emotionally powerful results. This is what i get from this film, even though it verges on the acting film side, but most of the actors had never acted before, which is almost the same.
I also love the super 8 footage, and the voice overs from the main characters, paired with this, the obscurity or what he says, is so impactful.
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