You ever get yourself in an altered state – we don’t judge how, exactly – and end up having a nightmarish series of dreams that have no connection to anything else except the images your overblown neurons generate? Well, welcome to Geneva Jacuzzi’s Casket.
There is no narrative, simply a succession of insane, rapid-fire Jungian images, revolving around a loose concept that’s part Blade Runner, part Brazil, part Mombi from Return To Oz.
“Los Angeles 2066AD: The Pleasure-U BioDrone, Kate Shaw’s only assistant, has contracted an undiagnosed mental disease. The BioDrone’s head, inside a reprogramming bag, continuously calls to Kate’s brain with strange visions.”
“When I wrote the original brief for “Geneva Jacuzzi’s Casket,” I told Geneva I wanted this special,” explains director Chris Friend. “Not a typical “music video.” I intended to put the amount of effort and thought into the film that I would have put into making an independent feature. We could make something long-lasting by condensing that thought and effort into a six-minute burst. A film that keeps its secrets and has an undeniable density and subliminal structure that would require repeat viewings and discussions.
The short film – a ‘six-minute futuristic head trip,’ if you will, has made its rounds in multiple screenings, to great acclaim. No one knows what it means, but in a world of overexplaining, sometimes it’s really nice to have a beautiful, bizarre mystery float through.
Geneva initially emerged from the last of the wild beaches in San Diego County; her art form found its direction when she arrived in Los Angeles in 2001. She formed and fronted synth-wave death-disco outfit Bubonic Plague, with members of The Warlocks and The Centimeters. “It was the last era of true weirdness, a scene populated with oddballs, slimers, masochists, sadists, greasers, pyros, witches, hustlers of every kind, danger strangers, cowboys, art dealers, actors, true weirdos, and all the creatures of freakdom,” she says.
For viewers wanting to dive deeper into the world of Geneva Jacuzzi’s Casket, Chris Friend is nearly finished with a 1,200-page graphic novel, four-book cycle, prelude that goes into the character of Kate Shaw and the totalitarian government, The World Wellness Watch. Keep on truckin.
Follow Geneva Jacuzzi:
Follow Chris Friend:
The post Lose Your Head in the Surreal New Wave Sci-Fi Cinema of “Geneva Jacuzzi’s Casket” appeared first on Post-Punk.com.