A gay-themed, partial reinterpretation of Maya Deren's 1943 psychodrama, filmed approximately shot for shot.
Having written an A-Level pamphlet on the original, seminal writing on the film had begun to derange me. The focus of these interpretations was too often the film's elusive protagonist, which seemed to me, far-removed from Deren's intentions to depict a 'universal dreaming experience'. I believe Meshes' protagonist was never supposed to be Deren herself, or even, as popular criticism forgets, a blank avatar for the domestic female. The film is 'concerned with the interior experiences of an individual', not the plight of one woman.
My partial recreation is an attempt to demonstrate this popular misunderstanding. By replacing key symbols from the film (substituting a telephone for a dustpan, a single flower for two) I was able to recreate every shot from the original, but change the film's meaning and sentiment.
Directed by Ned Botwood Smith
Featuring a combined soundtrack by Teiji Ito and Seamings
Starring Deia Tollman, Plum O'Keefe and Charles Kind
Shot on a Canon EOS 500D