By Ray Young
A Film by Dominic Angerame
Starring Zhanna. 16mm, black and white/color, sound, 10 minutes. Audio: “Pomolusya” (“I Will Pray”, Ukrainian Prayer) and “Gamaya” (“Lead Us”, a Sanskrit mantra) performed by Zhanna, recorded and mastered by Zak May. Excerpts from “iLyricalî” and “iChaosî” from the tribe recording of Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors (with permission from Raven Recording). Sound design by Amy Leigh Hunter.
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In Theodore Roszak’s novel, Flicker
, there’s a manipulative device that’s been smuggled into Hollywood productions for over a hundred years. An ancient religious order believes that the flicker of the movies—the pulsating succession of still images projected to imply movement—is emblematic of the conflicting black and white, light and dark gods at war throughout their doctrine. They use the hypnotic flicker to cast a spell on heathens by sending a very different kind of movie, one that’s been methodically fused beneath the surface entertainment, directly into the mind of the viewer. (For Flickhead’s review of Flicker
, click here
Filmmaker Dominic Angerame was intrigued by Roszak’s theme and had intended that Consume
“explore the images captured in the flickering light of multiple projector beams. By utilizing superimpositions within the camera, one could experience the pulsating light and explore hidden imagery through use of the ‘Sally Rand’ that Roszak refers to.” Sally Rand was a burlesque star in the 30’s, but the device named after her in the novel is a filter that strips away surface imagery to reveal an ‘underside,’ the unseen (but felt) heart of the picture.
“However once production began,” the filmmaker recalls in a press kit interview, “the projector beams began to put both myself and my actress into a trance state due to the strobe light it presented.” The actress is Zhanna, who offers this quote from Brant Cortright on her website