The heartbreak of loss becomes a character itself as a woman pines for the return of her husband lost somewhere in World War II. This ethereal dream conjures the ghost of Maj. Richard Bong, P-38 WW II Flying Ace and traps him an inescapable imagined landscape of emotion. Irving Strobing's last broadcast from Corregidore frames the desperate action of the pilot and is the anachronistic disembodied voice of Major Bong.
A fragile and diaphanous marionette inhabits a liminal dreamscape. Her construction reflects her state of being. (See some of its construction at bessoff.com/blog.) The marionette's movement and environment were culled from Francesca Woodman's photographic self portraiture. Like Woodman's work, the marionette's body and the room it inhabits are inseparable. The body becomes one with it's surroundings creating a visceral, sexualized landscape.
The soundtrack features music from Aziola Cry's album Ghost Conversations, from which the title of the film is derived.
All production by JBessoff.
Ghost Conversations has played the following festivals:
The Milk Factory's First Annual Mini Film Festival
Okanagan International Film Festival
The Alternator Experimental Film Award
Kelowna, BC, Canada
Fear No Film Festival
Salt Lake City, UT
Talking Pictures Film Festival
River Bend Film Festival
South Bend, IN
Creation, Destruction, Chaos
Redline Video Gallery, Installation
Strange Beauty Film Festival
Zero Film Festival
New York and LA
Olympia Film Festival
Central Wisconsin Film Festival
Hardacre Film Festival
Best Experimental Film
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival
Wisconsin Film Festival