The Development of SOTK into a Feature Film Yields Three Fresh Works
My Brother (formerly Sway of the Knife, short film), a 21-minute film by Vu Pham is currently in post-production. A screening of it is being held on January 19, 2014 at The Hotel Deluxe. Also showing this evening will be two other films inspired by the feature narrative, Sway of the Knife: Baby Ipecac and Waiting.
Synopsis of My Brother
A Vietnamese-American man (Michael) wrestles with his ambivalent and estranged relationship to a mentally ill half-brother (Khanh). Through a playful bricolage of documentary and narrative forms, the story unfolds as a lyrical stream of experience and memory. On the brink of a personal crisis, Michael visits his surrogate father, Henry. Their conversations tease out mysteries of Michael’s past and push him toward a haunting reunion with Khanh on the streets of Portland.
Baby Ipecac and Waiting
Waiting is a meditative mood piece that reveals the psychic wound of a woman whose husband committed suicide several years before, through a dream. Baby Ipecac is a bizarre kinetic excursion into the volatile criminal dealings of drug dealers inside a hotel room.