conceptual romance video

I just really want you to see this one.

Directed by Zia Anger
Cinematography by Jason Marlow and Billy Feldman
Production Design by Caiti Hawkins
Produced/Skin Suits by Annie Bielski

Innocence is Kinky Runner / Zia Anger
Workout Ball Woman / Jenny Hval
That Battle is Over Mother & Child / Cornelia Livingston & Georgia
Blood Bitches /  Destefano DeLuise , Julie Hackett, Shanekia McIntosh
“Artist” / Annie Bielski

Thank You: Frances Sultan, Adam Weinert, Nick & Christina, Theo Anthony

Also, Zia wrote a beautiful director’s statement:

To be reborn in a womb of dirt that once was a grave of death. When I was a tiny child I saw my mother do a performance piece where she wore a skin suit just like the ones in the video. It really disturbed me, to have others see my mother ‘naked.’

We’ve moved from complete and total censorship to a world where you can commodify your body if you resemble a certain ideal. Some people have a choice in this, others do not.

We found toy versions of some of the most oppressive, exclusive, phallic equipment there is (a drone and a steady cam) and decided to see what we could make with them.

Let’s unchain ourselves from our Instagram, our carefully curated images and self-commodification, trendy record labels, and fancy cameras.