BLUE, part of the NOWNESS commissioned trilogy directed by New York duo rubberband. aka Simon Davis and Jason Sondock, the opening voiceover references the great French artist Yves Klein who said “blue is beyond the dimensions of which other colours partake.” Blue is set in an alternative reality where the life force of a dead wealthy woman is harvested for the medicinal consumption of an underprivileged little girl. Martin Rev, who is one half of the legendary electro-synth band Suicide, plays the shadowy figure standing at the foot of an apparent murder scene collecting a phosphorescent topaz liquid that bleeds across the floor.
“The film deals with why we devote our lives to certain tasks and to what end; and also to a certain extent the direness of our socio-economic and situation,” rubberband. comments. The directors fortify the sense of disquiet and destitution by drawing on the film noir aesthetic of heavy shadows, imbalanced frame composition, and by leaving us with more questions than answers.
“Color is inescapably personal yet we all recognize the power and effect that it has in our lives,” the cinematic pop directors explain. “The process became about translating that into stories.” rubberband.’s use of colour explores themes of lust, life and love in this trilogy that does what language cannot—it takes colour and gives it feeling, shape and vision. “We wrote the films with the conceit that we wanted to push them each into slightly magical realist territory,” the directors explain.
Davis and Sondock met at Tisch School of the Arts while studying film. A few years after graduating their distinctive creative work garnered the attention of Calvin Klein, Under Armour, LCD Soundsystem and Topaz Jones, and won them awards at international film festivals. Drawing from their experience of directing music videos, commercials and promotional videos, rubberband. has successfully condensed the emotion and narrative of a feature film into this NOWNESS commissioned short.