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Found Objects

Once upon a time, the daughter of a famous Hollywood animator fell in love with an artist with whom she thought she’d found her place in the sun. While visiting her father to tell him of this man of her dreams, she learns more about the mysterious star who burnished her father’s career. When she returns to her beloved artist’s studio, she is surprised to find she’s been cast out of his picture. But, how do you compete with the biggest star in The System: The Sun?

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I’ve long been fascinated with the iconic worship of celebrities, but how sadly, famous artists themselves often can’t cope with the attention their fame brings. I’d done a photoplay for photographer Ashley West Leonard in the summer of 2011 where I played a tragically self-abusive celebrity. Although I’m far from “famous”, I thought it would be interesting to use her images and repurpose some of my past film clips to create a world in which my most recent character creations (Maribelle, Daddy and Beau) had back stories involving characters I’d created for myself, but who were played by this film’s fictional movie star, “Marie Badu”.

“Found Objects” is also greatly influenced by one of my all-time favorite paintings, Le tentative de l’impossible by Rene Magritte. In it, a self-portrait of Magritte is painting a three-dimensional “ideal woman” who is perfectly proportioned and whose placement in the frame completely balances the picture. To me, it is one of the most honest expressions ever created by an artist. We constantly struggle to create and control our own worlds, using our art forms to comment on life (love, family, commerce, politics, society,; but then, we sometimes find it difficult to face ourselves when life comments on us.

In a fairy tale vein, I set up the simple story of an innocent young artist’s model in Los Angeles trying to tell her very successful Hollywood Studio-based animator father that she’s fallen for an impoverished blowtorch artist who paints with fire. At the end of the film, she is heartbroken when she finds that she’s been cast out of a piece they were working on together. But, how does one compete with the biggest star in The System: The Sun?




Copyright © 2012 Ron De Cana Productions, Inc.

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Previous screenings

Profire Film Festival | 2012
21 Nov – 25 Nov | Glasgow, United Kingdom
5 Dec – 9 Dec | Novi Beograd, Serbia
Comfy Shorts | 2013
1 May – 31 May | Melbourne, Australia
Festival Art Deco de Cinema | 2013
13 May – 21 May | Sao Paulo, Brazil
MTN Bushfire | 2013
31 May – 2 Jun | Malkerns, Swaziland
Cinemavvenire Video Festival | 2013
7 Jun – 23 Jun | Rome, Italy
Best of Video Anthology Cinemavvenire at Circus di Largo Passamonti | 2013
14 Jul – 4 Aug | Rome, Italy
28 Aug – 15 Sep | London, United Kingdom
1 Sep – 12 Sep | Athens, Greece
Johnstown Film Festival | 2013
6 Sep – 7 Sep | Johnstown, United States
FeSanCor: Chilean International Short Film Festival
17 Oct – 24 Oct | Santiago, Chile
21 Oct – 31 Oct | Manzini, Swaziland
7 Nov – 10 Nov | Fredericton, Canada
Fenaco: International Short Film Festival
13 Nov – 16 Nov | Cusco, Peru
West Side Shorts Screening Series | 2014
14 Jan | Melbourne, Australia

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 25 Sep 2012