Title: Missing you Mother.
Genre: Experimental Film
Missing you mother has to be called an experimental film, simply because while I had a vague notion of what it was supposed to be about, the film had no storyboard, no script, zero budget, one actress, zero crew and a director/ cinematographer (me) who had never made a film before. Oh and no money for an editor.
It was shot inside my own bedroom to save on location costs and logistics. The 'short' film is way incomplete, even though it already stands at a lengthy 13 minutes!
Filming came to an abrupt halt when my actress friend left suddenly to get married abroad, and told me she was not planning to return any time soon. So I decided to cobble together in iMovie a first edit from the footage I had shot!
Yes very much the novice editor I formatted the footage in the wrong codec, which seemed to encourage an abundance of artifacting. The weird grainy look playing out in Quicktime encouraged me to shelve the entire project.
But then more recently I looked at the work again. Liking what I saw, I decided to upload to Vimeo. To my surprise once processed out, the film quality improved substantially. It seemed to tell me the people at Vimeo have a knack at making bad video look much better.
Below is some background to the character and plot I fashioned together before filming started. I find the film to be quite entrancing in it's existential, melancholic way. I hope you do too. So here then is 'Missing you Mother'. This is mourning for you brother Derek. Alison Partridge Dawn Morgan
Phuong 27 is an art gallery owner living alone in the delta region of Southern Vietnam. She specializes in work inspired by the natural world and environmental issues facing the planet. She is on medication for depression and cuts a melancholic figure.
She despairs for two reasons. Firstly since her mother died of cancer (cancer becoming an analogy for the sickness of the planet) she has felt an aching void in her life. Been very close to her mother and drawing much of her talents, philosophies and compassion from her. Her death has hurt her deeply and she has retracted into herself. Becoming a loner.
She laments the greed, corruption and short sightedness of her government and despairs at the levels of environmental degradation she sees happening in her homeland, in particular the way the Mekong river is been fouled, mistreated and damned. She believes inwardly that the mythical Pa Beuk or giant cat fish, who were regarded by ancient peoples as the Gods of the River are unhappy and will muster a great flood to cleanse the planet of humanities trash, and disrespectful ways.
Through her diary writing, internalizing, recalling memories, and watching the skies change from her study window, she connects to her Mother's spirit, and therein begins a dialogue with her. She forms the notion that in fact her Mother's spirit and the spirit of Mother Earth, are in essence, one!
As Phuong laments the state of the fouled rivers and landscapes and calls for divine intervention in the form of a great flood to cleanse the earth, she upsets her sensitive Spirit Mother soul to the point that she begins to shed a great many tears. These tears turn into a cascade of water and eventual flood. As her Mothers tears begin to submerge her floors and seep through her ceilings and walls walls, she rejoices. She rejoices because as the water falls around her she realizes her Mother is responding to her wishes for divine intervention
By deference this cascade is a positive affirmation, an analogy that by the water seeping into the conscience of mankind, as a result, a great moral correction begins.