Love Rose

Bobby Abate

2010 | 00:13:52 | United States | English | B&W | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Blu-ray, Death and Dying, Religion/Spirituality

A surreal vision of one man's endeavor to contact the spirit world and come to terms with nightmares of a mysterious death.  A séance is orchestrated according to instructions written in 1920 by revered parapsychologist Hereward Carrington, voiced here by novelist Lynne Tillman.  Roses, seen as light by spirits, are placed in the room but these flowers are plastic; a requisite round table is surrounded by wooden chairs that remain empty despite stern warnings to never sit alone.

Altering the invocation with rules he has broken, the undaunted romantic finds himself entering another dimension rendered in the distinct textures of black and white analog video.  Through the delicate tubes of cameras nearly 40 years old, darkness is carved by trails of light, plastic roses are crowned by black halos, and scan lines swirl upwards and beyond towards a fateful realization.  On a path illuminated by lifeless flowers and surveilled by forgotten cameras, this self-styled mystic will ultimately come to see the only escape from a colorless world is to cross over to the other side.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

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New York Film Festival
New York, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

New York Film Festival, 2010

Antimatter Film Festival, 2011