Peter Mills Weiss + Julia Mounsey X Tara Sheena
Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith X Tara Sheena
Bobbi Jene Smith X Benedict Nguyen
7 Names: Everett Saunders + Marjani Forté-Saunders X Benedict Nguyen
Amir ElSaffar X Melissa Levin
Mallory Catlett and Aaron Siegel X Melissa Levin
Ella Rothschild X Melissa Levin
The made-up movie feels like one of those sweeping international melodramas with lots of expansive cinematography. In the minds of its creators, it’s an epic-length narrative replete with multi-generational strands and leaps forward in time.
This body unfurls in slow motion, leaving ample space for labels, classifications, and archetypes to land upon her and vanish.
It’s about how we try to use stories to explain things that we otherwise can’t explain, and how sometimes even those stories don’t do the work for us. How do we keep doing the work after the story?
I start to explain something about artistic agency over visual archives of original work but all that comes out is I guess we’re all in trouble.
Leopard slugs, and CAKE as a whole, provides a reminder to all of us that the romance-as-happy-ending thing is an odd societal compulsion, perhaps even an obsolete one