A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARGARET H. (part of the Crimes of Passion series) exposes the life of sorrow that a battered woman leads. Margaret H. tries to please her violent husband, and pretends that nothing is going on in front of others. It doesn't matter how well she behaves, she is always the one to blame in the end of the day. Welcome to a day in the life of a woman who suffers from domestic violence. This movie was inspired by real stories that I learned while researching on the subject and volunteering at the local Women's Center.
A ENVENENADORA (part of the Crimes of Passion series) is a photo/video experience that recreates the real story of Virginia Augusta da Silva, a Portuguese woman from the late 1800's that was convicted for poisoning her husband. According to the newspaper article where I found this story, Virginia wanted to marry her rich lover, and this was the reason for the crime. Looking back at the way women were treated at the 19th century society in Portugal, it is possible to find reasons other than greed why Virginia would want to murder her husband. How guilty is Virginia, then? Well, that is for the viewer to further research and decide.
THE GAZE plays with one of Hollywood's most famous convention: objectfying women. What if the one objectified this time was a man? What if he has no way to escape that situation? Laura Mulvey's essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" is the inspiration for this piece, but this time, the man is the one being looked at. Awarded for Best Short Narrative Film in the 2011 Little Muddy Media Arts Festival.
3 1/2 MINUTES (part of the Crimes of Passion series) is a short 16mm film shot in black and white and color. This experimental/narrative piece deals with the psychological universe of women. A woman enters in a house where things are broken and dirty; as she walks around, flashbacks of a colorful time makes us wonder what happened there. Strongly influenced by the experimental filmmaker Maya Deren and her most famous piece "Meshes of the Afternoon", this film intrigues the audience, without giving away clues of what is real and what is not. Awarded for achievement in motion pictures and media arts in film editing in the 1st Annual SPC-TV Film and Television Awards, May 4, 2011.
THE DEATH OF THE POET is an experimental 16mm black and white film that is based on a poem by Brazilian author Paulo Leminski. The poem talks about a poet who died without ever writing anything. It represents the troublesome soul of an artist who was never brave enough to make art.