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Vanilla Underground: REDUX

Experimental Short film

2023 - 2’30” | 16mm | B&W + Color | Sound

Shot in United Kingdom (2021) / Post-production in Spain (2023)

*Work available under request: pedroborbamendes@gmail.com

Logline:

 

A sexually repressed man struggles with the pleasure and the pain he experiences.

 

Synopsys:

 

An experimental narrative that combines queer-coded archival footage from vintage ads and documentaries from 1940-1950s with shots from an unreleased 16mm film project to explore the psyche of a man at odds with his identity.

 

Statement:

 

This project is an example of my practice of repurposing archival footage into new narrative and/or visual pieces. As the ´REDUX' in its title suggests, the project is a revisitation of a 16mm material - originally shot in 2021 - in which I recognized a compelling opportunity to reinterpret those visuals and the protagonist's journey, delving into the intricate interplay between memory and subjective experiences. Essentially, I aimed to investigate the profound connection between memory, body, and emotions. 

This concept materialized through a blend of the original film footage and vintage archival clips, resulting in a collage of imagery that evokes free association. In this narrative framework, the archival footage, sourced from educational and journalistic sources dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, serves as a window into the protagonist's subconscious. It offers glimpses into his reflections on masculinity, religion, and, most significantly, queerness.

 

Queerness is portrayed as a timeless experience, continually shaped by decades of homoerotic imagery prevalent in our cultural landscape, which in turn, inform the protagonist's production of meaning and influence his behavior throughout the narrative.

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story
screenplay                                 
cast                                              
director
assistant director                                       
producer 
production designer                                         cinematography                  

1st assistant camera 

2nd assistant camera

gaffer

sound mixer

composer

covid supervisor

make-up & hair

editor                                       
colorist       
                           

graphic designer

Amand Gatti, Pedro Mendes
Pedro Mendes    
Benedict Esdale, David Torozoff        
Pedro Mendes                                       
Zhiru Xie                              
Zhiru Xie             

Pierluigi Campa
Doddi El-Gabry          

Oliver Staton

Weiheng Chen

Pierluigi Campa

Edouard Keller

Nacho Mañámesas

Tom Rowe

Liine Kiintok

Pedro  Mendes
Pedro Mendes                                 

Tiago Gasperin

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