"Forsaken". 10:45. Color. Sound. 2003
In Forsaken, 15 minutes of fame is condensed to a mere 10, as a fatuous hierarchy undergoes a radical shift. One character holds the power, which the others, his entourage, appear to support. His position alludes to that of a celebrity, politician, teacher, director or boss. The first three scenes establish the hierarchy and pecking order, while exposing the tensions that lead to the cathartic undoing of this codependent power structure. The false idol falls as the group forsakes, humiliates and discards him. He is left literally picking up the pieces of his own shredded image. Their abandonment serves as a respite rather than a renewal, as the status quo is reinstated and the cycle begins again.
Actors: Chuck Montgomery, Charles Parnell, Steven Rattazzi, Suzanne Shephard, Margot White, James Urbaniak
Director, Editor: Alix Pearlstein
Camera: Alix Pearlstein, Jay King
Production Assistant: Laura Harmon
Technical Assistance: Will Cox/Final Frame
Filmed at George Brown Cyc Studio NYC
Installation: The King, the Mice and the Cheese, curated by Bill Arning, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bakalar Gallery, Cambridge, MA 2006.
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