Director's Statement: "Winking Pastimes"
BY KASEY DUGAN
Winking Pastimes is a film about telepathy through monstrosity.
Warning: This film contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.
I got my first bloody nose in Brooklyn. I wasn’t punched in the face (although that would’ve been badass) and I wasn’t standing at skyscraper altitudes. I simply woke up and felt my nose dripping. My boyfriend laughed at me while I scrubbed myself off in the sink. That happened this summer.
After that morning, I became a bit fixed on the idea of bloody noses. I thought about telepathic nosebleeds, I thought about Quentin Tarantino-esque nosebleeds, and suddenly, I thought a lot about two people walking towards each other in a hallway, except they bled from their faces with every step they took. It was an image that kept coming to me over and over again. I wasn’t sure what it meant, but I knew that it was something significant. I knew that it somehow paralleled the poetic images I had been writing about for months, and that’s when I began to write the script.
Winking Pastimes is an experimental short film. The surreal images are taken from my own poetry, and they are uncomfortably strung together by the very messy, very "redrum" hallway scene. I know my interpretation of the film, of course, but I believe in multiplicity. Tim O’Brien once wrote: "A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written." By this logic, the "truth" or the "what does it mean?" behind these images is quite null if these images still make someone feel something. If your interpretation is meaningful to you, then my interpretation is quite trivial, now isn’t it?
All I can say on my film's behalf is that it is about telepathy. Not in the sense of mind reading, of course, but in the sense that people communicate to one another through technologies of monstrosity. We are cruel, we are volatile; we do malevolent acts or say unforgivable things to one another because, well, why? And after we do these things, we sometimes desire to rid ourselves of "ourselves." We repress, or attempt to repress the things we have experienced. We see a face that has hurt us and we fall silent for a moment. We one-sidedly connect with a pixelated image and convince ourselves that it is a mutual connection. Or we experience a mutual pain with someone and subliminally force a relationship through Instagram likes, "you-can-borrow-my-pencil," or haircut compliments.
Despite it’s graphic content, Winking Pastimes is not a film about violence or assault. Like all of us, this film attempts to communicate humanity through ugliness and destruction.
Kasey Dugan is a freshman at Marymount Manhattan College. She studies Creative Writing and Filmmaking in a very vibrant wardrobe, and is most reputable for her lime green tote bag.
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