01SJ

3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Late Fragment

Interactive Film by Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron, Mateo Guez, Anita Lee and Ana Serrano.
Venue: Camera 12
Thursday June 5, 2008, 9 p.m.
Saturday June 7, 2008, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10. Tickets Page

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) premiered Late Fragment, North America’s first interactive dramatic feature film, at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as part of the Future Projections program.

Late Fragment is an interactive film that addresses a new language for filmmaking in the 21st century, where viewers can impact the way the story unfolds by navigating the interlocking narratives of the film with a simple click of their remote. This interactive film is an important model of collaboration in leading-edge experimental dramatic content and format.

Late Fragment’s multi-plot, non-linear and interactive narrative lets audiences discover the stories of three strangers. Faye (Krista Bridges), Kevin (Michael Healy) and Theo (Jeff Parrazo) are drawn together as participants in a restorative justice process, where victims and offenders share their stories. Emotionally broken from the violence they have experienced, they turn to the restorative justice process in hopes of finding wholeness, balance, forgiveness, redemption and a sense of safety. Three story lines interconnect, and this unique cinematic experience allows the viewer to “play” a creative and interactive role by weaving in and out of the film’s story lines – whenever they choose – by clicking the remote.

Synopsis

Eyelids smeared with black shadow, a teenage girl stands at the foot of the bed and pulls the trigger. The man waking from sleep barely knows what has just happened to him. In a single moment, lives can shatter:

  • An oblivious and regretful mother is haunted by love, lust, betrayal and memories of a dead man. She lives in a world of denial.
  • A repressed middle-aged security guard has lost everything — his marriage, a thriving career, and the respect of his teenage son. He sees real blood on the floor. Then it’s gone.
  • A beautiful young man has a penchant for cutting himself in ritual sessions of self-abuse. Onstage in a nightclub, he dances provocatively for an older man. He could be a lover. Or a father. Or a stranger.

Faye, Kevin and Théo — three troubled strangers, three lives fractured by thoughts and acts of violence. In the interactive feature film Late Fragment, their narratives interlock in a unique cinematic experience in which you play a creative and interactive role. Navigating through the movie, you uncover their stories, and their secrets, at will, controlling the flow and direction of the elaborate sequencing with a simple click.

These characters, unknown to one another as well as to themselves, would never have met were it not for their participation in a series of Restorative Justice group sessions. In this process, perpetrators and victims of violent crime, broken by their lives, look for wholeness, balance, forgiveness, safety — and perhaps even redemption. In just such a setting, Faye, Kevin and Théo are compelled to confront their histories and unravel their secrets. The truth can be plain but it is not often simple.

Restorative Justice is one thing; personal amnesty, quite another. You, the audience, piece together, both literally and figuratively, the cinematic narrative in front of you.