*Online Premiere* Two strangers meet at 2am after a drunken fender bender and find themselves in a night-long tug of war, vying for control, or redemption, or at least a moment of feeling less lonely. Directed by Fabianne Gstöttenmayr and Jessica Garrison, “Earth is a Paradise” is a chamber drama about Alan and Jess, who come to spend an unlikely evening together, drinking peach Vodka, regrouping from the incident, and sliding into a series of character tests. As the night goes on, questions arise as to why they are still hanging out together, and the film becomes an exploration of what each is after. After making a loose plan to retrieve the car tomorrow, Jess initiates a game forcing Alan to physically contain her, an acting exercise that becomes an unsettling show of power. Later, Jess finds a video that Alan took of the accident and questions his intent, which then opens up a more provocative inquiry. As the film contorts and twists, certain motivations and traits are revealed, but just as many remain hidden or obscured. Every time it shifts, compelling new questions arise, playing with and against patriarchal expectations, and all the while, the film maintains an odd duck spirit, poking out with moments of humor and musical punctuations at unexpected times, and never landing on simple revelations. [Watch on YouTube]. (13 minutes). Directed by Fabianne Gstöttenmayr and Jessica Garrison. Starring Fabianne Therese and Jeremy Radin. DP: Eli Born.
For more on the film, read our interview with Fabianne Gstöttenmayr and Jessica Garrison, where they discuss how the project began, maintaining thematic complexity, and how they embedded shifts of power and control into their film. [NoBudge Members Only - Become One Here].