Love Buzz by Ash Eliza Smith
Drugs, Medicine, Trust and Borders (both the geographic and the intimate ones)
Chuck Berry “Come On" cover recorded by Ash Eliza Smith and Jeremy Rojas.
16mm Film, Black & White, 7:21 min. 2011
Agnes and Jem attempt to drive across the border to Mexico for what one of them thought was a holiday, but when their car breaks down on the side of the road, Agnes goes for the phone and Jem heads to the beach to wait and stew. Jem drinks a bottled water from the cooler and the beach stew quickly turns into meth freakout, er I mean, medicinal awakening.
Jem begins to suspect Agnes is involved in some kind of smuggling ring south of the border, but is she Martyr or Misfit? So binary, maybe it’s nothing...maybe it’s him, totally Jem, of course, all along. Such a projector. Paranoia mixes with major trust issues - water is not, just, water - drug is poison is medicine is technology and Agnes appears as a hallucination on a rock singing a Chuck Berry song. Cover whore. Perhaps they finally leave the other one for good this time, such a romantic exit, yes, but which one?
Or, you could just calm down, enjoy your buzz by the beach…it may all be over soon…if it isn't already.