Director’s Statement: The absurd love story is an homage piece containing stylistic nods to influential directors and their techniques: the filmic language of Vertov, the playfulness of Chaplin, and the irreverence of Godard for example. The "silent" noir explores sexual and gender archetypes using symbolic imagery to question the persistence and adaptation of these patterns as they play out in the modern city. The centerpiece of the short, a chess game between the man and woman, represents the metaphoric power of the game in relation to human existence, as it does in the poetry of Borges. It also addresses its historic lack of presence in film, with the exception of Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL. The original score and French and Italian dialogue contribute to a sense of ambiguity and anachronism.
Director’s Bio: An Omaha native, Joseph Knapp has been contributing to, and taking in the culture of, the city for many years. After endeavors in music, academics, and chess, his directorial debut explores these passions from a fresh perspective. His longstanding love of film is represented by years of appreciation and learning, and taking on the role of director has allowed him to think more critically about the craft and modes of visual perception. His tenure as a Film Streams employee has served to foster his obsession with, and knowledge of, the definitive artists and movements in film.
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