From Whitney Museum of Modern Art:
Shadow, a new video work by Slater Bradley in collaboration with Academy Award–nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman, takes as its inspiration the unfinished Hollywood film Dark Blood (1993), which was never completed due to the untimely death of its star, River Phoenix. Seventeen years later, Shadow presents a kind of prologue to the original film, revisiting Phoenix's character (here, by Ben Brock) while creating a new narrative which, when woven together with the original, creates a labyrinthine tale that blurs the lines between illusion and reality.
Based on Lachman’s memories and impressions of filming Dark Blood seventeen years prior, Shadow constructs a prologue that imagines the widower’s life just before he meets the couple. Although it contains references to what takes place in the original film (now the future) and is haunted by Phoenix’s ghostly presence, major elements of the original—the couple, the car breaking down, the attraction of the widower to the woman—do not appear in Bradley and Lachman’s film, and parts of their story—the little girl, the deserted house, the bar—do not appear in the original. The two narratives are woven together by threads of fact and fiction whose boundaries are never made clear. Shadow thus becomes a triple portrait of the actor, the cinematographer, and the artist, transforming a conventional cinematic narrative into a labyrinthine tale that blurs the lines between illusion and reality, past and future.
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Directed by Slater Bradley & Ed Lachman
Produced by Don Faller
Edited by Laura Israel
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