BEISTAND IN BEDLAM A Short Film By Assal Ghawami 3 min | HD Color | USA | 2010

written, directed, edited & sound design by Assal Ghawami

World Premiere: Anthology Film Archives New York 2010, Group Exhibition at Skybridge Art Space Greenwich Village curated by Simonetta Muro.

Inspired by the work of David Hockney 'Bedlam' from 'A Rake's Progress' I shot directed and edited this short first when I came to New York.

Hockney 'Rake' is a semio-autobiographical depiction of how he arrived in New York in the early 1960s and felt inprisoned in the 'mindless masses' of the 'Bedlam' he lived in.

He is finally subsumed into the uniform crowd where personal identity has disappeared. When I first arrived in New York, I felt a bit lost myself. 'Beistand' is German and means 'supportive company'

I was happy to make friends who helped me adjust to the New York pace of life.

My classmate Samantha Urbani, was one of those friends. She agreed to be the model for this, even tho it was really cold on that day! I guess a real artist knows pain and will overcome it.

She went on to become a successful singer/pop artist & front woman of FRIENDS. Sam is now starting her solo career, which I'm sure she's gonna be awesome at!

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