There’s a lot going on in the trailer for TABLOID VIVANT, so much so that while I have no idea what to make of it, I know that it piqued my curiosity. It’s disorienting as hell, due in large part to the accompanying music, which sounds like a handful of toddlers pounding on instruments with their tiny, chubby fists. I suspect that’s the motif they’re going for given that the two minute trailer is a helter skelter mishmash of imagery that certainly pops off the screen.
Described as a hybrid “Twin Peaks meets Frankenstein” Tabloid Vivant concerns an artist and art critic who pair up to create exciting, disturbing new works that seemingly “come alive.” It’s not 100% clear what that means but the footage is strange and compelling to warrant the film a longer look when it hits later this year.
From the press release:
Frankenstein meets Twin Peaks in in writer-director Kyle Broom’s “jarring, unpredictable, immensely fun”* horror-thriller Tabloid Vivant.
Jesse Woodrow (TV’s Charmed) and Tamzin Brown (The Adderall Diaries) are spellbinding in the award-winning** festival fave that’s due for release later this year.
Max is an artist seduced by the allure of fame. Sara is an art critic whose obsessions exceed even his. When she lands a writing gig at a major art magazine, the pair retreats to a cabin in the woods, where Max reveals his strange new painting method. Convinced of its potential, she agrees to collaborate on a piece sure to revolutionize the art world. While both original and mesmerizing, the project reveals something dark and disturbing about their relationship. Like two digital-age Frankensteins, they manage to make a painting come alive – though the unsettling consequences of their success may be more fit for the pages of a blood-soaked tabloid than the chronicles of art history.