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SHORT EXPERIMENTAL

Beth discloses a recent dream to her analyst. A vivid study of casual brutality and failed empathy, this surrealistic film intermixes stop motion animation with live action sequences.

Director's Biography:

Emma Penaz Eisner, a Cinema on the Bayou alum, is an independent filmmaker and visual artist from San Francisco. She has created short films and moving image art that have screened worldwide in galleries and at over 175 international film festivals. Earning more than 40 awards, her work is in experimental filmmaking, live action combined with animation, and stop motion animation.

Director's Statement:

With this film, I pick up where my previous work left off by continuing to explore the questions of failed empathy, societal sadism, and unconscious psychopathies in everyday life. "Beth's three o'clock with Dr. Harlow" looks at these themes through the lens of a psychoanalytic session and dream state. It delves into feminine and maternal phenomena of psychopathy, or its basis in the anima, where my other work previously explored the masculine side, the animus. In this film, I allude to and rework ideas from psychologist Harry Harlow's 1950's monkey experiments on mother-infant bonding, the clinical interview with psychopathic child patient Beth in documentary "Child of Rage" from 1990, Philip K. Dick's masterwork about human empathy "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," and Ingmar Bergman's explorations of sadistic deity in "Through a Glass Darkly." I'm most interested in giving the viewer the opportunity to experience something within him or herself that has heretofore remained concealed or frankly unknown.
Emma Penaz Eisner
Emma Penaz Eisner
Emma Penaz Eisner
2019
2 Minutes
U.S.A.
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1/25/19 1:15pm at Cité des Arts
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