Movies in Your Head: A Radio Play, by Audio Smut
Picture that unbelievable first date, wrought with chemistry and passion. Your arms graze and you pulse with anticipation and energy. You go home and relive every moment of the past 4 hours. You long for your second meeting. You picture their apartment, cluttered with tchotchkes, a large wooden table with mis-matched chairs, a vintage green velvet couch. You have only hung out with them once, but you have this feeling that this might be one of the greatest relationships of your life. You imagine all of the things you will do together. You catch yourself picturing the house the two of you will live in. You wait by the phone for one day, two days, three days, a week. No call, nothing. And you start to feel utterly insane. What the fuck happened? You got excited about something that wasn't real yet. And then you ended up profoundly confused and disappointed. You were making movies in your head.
This audio piece was a documentary experiment produced by the radio show Audio Smut in collaboration with composer Shani Aviram. It began with questions about how perception is altered in early romantic relationships. How does one's sense of reality fail when falling in love? After months of research and 17 interviews, a single narrative emerged, encompassing the experiences and facts that were unearthed.
The 'screening' will finish off with a Q+A hosted by radio producer Ann Hepperman. They will feature some of the interviews that hit the cutting room floor, and discuss the process of fictionalizing documentary work.
Photo by Jen Ng.
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