(In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be highlighting other INTERPRETATIONS entries that caught the jurors’ eyes but didn’t make it to the final five. But each day this week, we’ll spotlight the five winning finalists in their own words, followed by a few words about their films from a few of the jurors. Next up, Aldous Davidson.)
Aldous Davidson is an NYU film graduate who has been acting and directing for the past 10 years. He has numerous short films and comedy sketches under his belt, some of which can be seen on his website. Besides filmmaking, some of his interests include chess, scrabble, and freestyle rapping. He is also a member of the hip hop / rock fusion band, ESP. See Aldous’ INTERPRETATIONS profile page here.
Re-watching my Interpretation film, I’m pretty stunned by how personal of a film it turned out to be. I never planned it to have deep meaning but it’s there and pretty evident now, at least to me. A therapist friend of mine told me that my subconscious made this film and it’s a statement I agree with. A lot of folks might not see all the personal meaning in my piece so I’ll try to explain.
The film is really about the deceased woman in the bathtub. She died while giving birth to the two young men. In real life, my mother is not deceased but left my family when I was very young. Our current relationship is very strained and borders on non-existent – something I struggle with every day. In the film, the clearest character arc is hers and she is the character I most sympathize with. Trapped in limbo, she finally gets to meet her son after decades in the afterlife. At first she is overjoyed – he is someone she has yearned to see for so long and still feels connected to (hence the umbilical cord). She touches his face, and then touches her own. She sees the similarities and is filled with joy. However, she soon becomes angry and resentful and pulls away. She realizes his birth is responsible for her own life ending – a life that had quite a bit of promise. This is not unlike my own mother, who had to give up quite a bit upon marrying my father and giving birth to me and like the character in the film, decided to pull away.