'I'd like to begin again,' says the protagonist of Ramón J. Goñi's new film, a sombre work which explores the idea of death as a new start. Starring Ashley Smith as a troubled, jaded beauty, On New Terms is based on Deborah Garrison's poem of the same name.
The work - released in conjunction with our Death exhibition - eschews a literal narrative in order to allow viewers to project their own emotions and experiences onto the depicted scenes. Similarly, the piece also refuses to conform to a certain artistic category, combining everything from visual poetry to fashion film (thanks to some sleek A/W looks from 3.1 Philip Lim).
Speaking on the multifaceted film Goñi comments, 'Limbo is the keyword with this piece - artistic limbo, personal limbo, storyline limbo. Everything about the film is in between.'
Based on the poem by Deborah Garrison
Direction and edit: Ramón J. Goñi
Cinematography: Jake Saner and Ramón J. Goñi
Colorist: Thomas Wong
Performance: Ashley Smith, Eian Scully, Brian Shimansky, Eric Wyatt, Kilo Kish, Wynn Holmes
Art Direction: Susan Locht
Still Photography: Ryan Scherb
Styling: Toyo Tsuchiya
Hair: Nelson Vercher for Rene Furterer
Make-up: Jenny Kanavaros using M.A.C Cosmetics
Choreography: Nicolas Archambault, Wynn Holmes
Set Design: We Came In Peace
Fashion: 3.1 Phillip Lim and Bijules
Executive Production: Ramón J. Goñi and Fernando Goñi
Production: Helena Martel and Spencer Taylor
Music design: BLUWI