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2014, USA, 4 mins

black lullaby

Artist Joshua Hoffine has turned quite a lot of heads after releasing his brilliant photography series exploring childhood fears. Those photographs employed such sophisticated staging, lighting, and make up techniques that an actual short film was the next logical step. 

Anyone who enjoys the incredible photography from Hoffine will not be disappointed by his new short film BLACK LULLABY, which we are happy to add to the program at this year’s festival! As with his photographs, Hoffine’s own daughter portrays a young girl whose curiosity outweighs her fear. Her performance is truly a treat to behold! Don’t miss it!


Bed by Joshua Hoffine

Bed by Joshua Hoffine

DIRECTOR JOSHUA HOFFINE  Artist Statement (from joshuahoffine.com): I am interested in the psychology of fear.

We are all born with certain inherent and instinctual fears, such as fear of the dark, the fear of lurking danger, and the fear of being eaten. As we grow older, these fears lose their intensity and are slowly shuffled away into our Unconscious.
Horror, as an art form, draws its strength from the Unconscious. 
I stage my photo shoots like small movies, with sets, costumes, elaborate props, fog machines, and special effects make-up. Everything is acted out live in front of the camera. I use friends and family members, including my own daughters, as actors and crew.
I try to present the images within the visual grammar of a child. I want the viewer to share their point of view, to feel their sense of vulnerability. The images stress danger, and depict a wold where innocence and safety are under constant threat.
I believe that the Horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence. The experience of Horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty. Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us. 

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