With the rising prominence of social media in our lives, the distance between audience and artistic creation has been closing. No longer must consumers of entertainment await passively for the next intriguing internationally based film to hit our shores, nor do we wonder when the next superhero epic will be released. Information is for there for the taking for those too enthusiastic or curious to wait for it. But, is it enough to simply gain information earlier? After all, the increased access of information becomes part of the strategy behind promoting large productions and getting there early does not necessarily mean changing the relationship between consumer and producer of these creative works. But, is it possible to cross over? To have more of a hand in determining the direction of the creative landscape, what gets made and what doesn’t? Even if it’s just a little?
This brings up a Korean film project, REMEMBER O GODDESS, in need of support. I have been intrigued of late to see word of its progress moving along the social media channels I peruse. It promises an exploratory look at time, memory, and love through a tale that unfolds with surreal elements. It is a premise that reminds me of a thought provoking Korean movie from a few years back, M, about the struggles of inspiration and creativity.
What is striking about the project is the amount of talent involved, some from the beginning and others having thrown in their support and commitment to the production after being won over by its potential. First there is the director and driving force behind funding the movie, Philadelphia-based Yoon Jung Lee, who worked as script supervisor on acclaimed director Kim Ji-Woon’s wildly spirited fast-paced action epic, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD. It is edited by Sae Kyoung Moon who was an editor for Bong Joon-ho’s MOTHER, and the lead is played by Kim Jung-tae, a name familiar to the world of more established mainstream Korean productions (BANGABANGA, SUNFLOWER, MISS RIPLEY).
The film’s first 25 minutes have been completed and has been presented as a short film at numerous festivals and film related events, among them, the New York International Film Festival of 2011. It is an accomplished production that shows a man suffering from memory loss, who may even be displaced temporally, as he tries to reclaim his sense of self. An interaction with a convenience store clerk shows a sign of recognition that may or may not be genuine. Is she going through the motions of a good employee or does she hold the key to answering questions about this mysterious figure’s past? It becomes a point of obsession for the main character, as it presents his sole opportunity to discover his own identity.
Here is a look the opening sequence of REMEMBER O GODDESS,which stands on its own as an impressive piece of mysterious narrative.
Remember O Goddess can be supported through its Kickstarter page here, where more information is available about the project. With enough support, its crew will be able to carry the film project through to its intended feature length. As of this writing, the fundraising campaign is in its final week. That makes it a critical time for potential supporters to get involved, as a little support from a significant enough number of people will make the difference in it reaching its goal.
I urge you to take a look at the project, decide for yourself, and consider taking action. You can have a hand in bringing about the realization of promising independent cinema.
REMEMBER O GODDESS Kickstarter page:
REMEMBER O GODDESS Official Site: