Directed by Josh Weissbach
A trailer of an experiment searches for meaning in a moldy montage. The detritus of the movie industry swims in organic material. Emulsion and its cracks, its crumbles, and its fades. Is it ready for all the audiences?
This film was partially made in my garage with a few mason jars full of 35mm film strips from old movie trailers and cut-up avocados that were becoming increasingly moldy. As the avocado mold started to strip the emulsion off the film strip, I would remove the film strips and clean them. The most difficult part about this was that the moldy avocado was most effective the ranker it became so there was a continuous tension between wanting to clean the film before the mold ate all of the emulsion away while the effects of the experiment were at their best and trying not to become sick from the terrible smell and developing maggots. Such glamorous filmmaking.
About the Director
Josh Weissbach is an experimental filmmaker. He lives in a house with his wife, two daughters, three cats, and six chickens next to a once abandoned village. His films and videos have been shown worldwide in such venues as Ann Arbor Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, European Media Art Festival, Mono No Aware, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 25 FPS Festival, and Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. He has won jury prizes at Videoex, ICDOCS, $100 Film Festival, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Berlin Revolution Film Festival, and Haverhill Experimental Film Festival. He is the recipient of a 2021 Artistic Excellence Award from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, a 2020 Moving Image Fund Early Development Grant from the LEF Foundation, a 2018 LightPress Grant from the Interbay Cinema Society, a 2015 LEF Fellowship from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and a 2008 Cary Grant Film Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.