Behavioral Processes and Infectious Disease is a short film about a young woman who discovers she has contracted the Herpes simplex virus. As her story unfolds, her biological organization is explored through three parables describing parasitic relationships in the animal kingdom: Toxoplasmosis gondii in the rat, Sacculina carcini in the crab, and Mixotricha paradoxa in the termite. Inspired by sex education films and wildlife documentaries, this experimental narrative weaves together live video, stop motion, hand painted, and digital animation to tell a story about personal identity. Inside the body, the virus is one actor within a complex landscape in which multiple organisms live, procreate and compete, questioning the conventional perception of self as discrete and autonomous.
Written and Directed by: Maura Brewer & Erin Johnson
Director of Photography: Richard Kent
Additional Cinematography by: Maura Brewer & Erin Johnson
Edited by: Maura Brewer & Erin Johnson
Sound Editor: Jeff Solomon
Animation by: Maura Brewer & Erin Johnson