Drawing parallels between West Virginia's legendary Mothman, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in the state’s addiction epidemic.
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Directed by Melissa Ferrari (2017, 7 Mins, USA)
“Unforeseeable disasters can raise questions of theodicy. A
vacuum of meaning is created that invites religious interpretation.”
- Joseph Laycock, Mothman: Monster, Disaster and Community
Rooted in nonfiction, this film contemplates synchronicity and the role of belief systems in perception; the tendency to assign supernatural meaning to tragedy and the unknowable; anonymous and apocryphal oral histories; and the moth to the flame. It draws parallels between Mothman, a prophetic and demonized creature in West Virginia lore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic. To visualize these narratives, natural materials and pastel-on-paper palimpsest animation are woven together using a multiplane and analog overhead projection.
Screens as a part of "ARTIFACTS [Art/Experimental Films]" Encore Presentation at ATA: Tickets