Fragile Bodies is a collection of five films to be presented on Saturday June 22 at the Byrd Theater as part of a sexually . Admission is free and show time starts at 1:30 p.m. Local film makers Egbert Vongmalaithong, Gray Cherisse, Allyn Smith, Hazel Honeycutt, Matthew Robert, and Ariel Arakas will feature their work.
Areiel Arakas, one of the curators for “Fragile Bodies” and a filmmaker herself, said the individual movies all share a motif. “All the work has a similar theme of adolescence and blossoming sexuality and just sort of exploring those things,” said Arakas. Her film, titled ‘Lillies’ will wrap up the theater’s show case.
Arakas said these films will cater to people who, “one: are interested in more experimental films, because I guess all of our films are more on the experimental side, and two: people who are interested in just exploring alternative sexualities and gender roles in a more experimental way as well.”
Experimental sexuality will shine through in all of these films, but will be shown in an unusual light in ‘Ghost Motion’ by Honeycutt and Robert. Arakas explained that this is the tale of “an older ghost and a young adolescent girl who have a strange relationship.” This particular film explores young love from a super natural angle.”
One of the reasons for holding this mini film festival is because of the lack of local film screenings in Richmond, according to Arakas. Richmond is a culturally diverse city, and is very invested in the musical and artistic work that its residents have to offer, and while music and art are debuted and doted over, film is often thrown to the wayside. Arakas wants to change this and is doing her part to put Richmond filmmakers back in the spotlight. “Our goal is to get people to think more about the local film scene in Richmond. It’s very important to be aware of the local filmmakers here, because I think that it is sometimes overlooked.”
The works to be featured at the Byrd were picked because they sparked the interest of Arakas. She said that they were “works that we had been interested in that we had seen through friends and through other smaller showings.” Arakas spoke with these filmmakers about their goals and decided that they would nicely accompany her work, and would fit well together.
Head over to the Byrd Theater in Cary Town on Saturday June 22 to participate in the screening of Fragile Bodies.