We Are Fools
A Visual Poem by Severiano Martinez & Zeljko McMullen
Filmed over the course of seven years in collaboration with over 40 artists, We Are Fools is a cinematic exploration of exalted themes of ordinary life – represented by depictions of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. A set of characters were assigned to fit the archetypes of the Tarot, and scenarios were staged to allow each character to improvise and invoke their understanding and autobiographical relationships to the symbols.
The intention of We Are Fools is to explore an unconscious narrative pieced together by carving out a universal story from a series of improvised scenes rather than working from a plan or script. How do we identify with ourselves? What are we trying to accomplish in this life? By blurring the lines of paradox, we sought to depict a series of self-explorative rituals that examine our real-life relationships to enigmatic constructions of reality. Released on Perfect Wave, 2014.
Edition of 78 DVDs
Starring: Zeljko McMullen, Thomas Arsenault, Aziz Ali Loy, Jeremie Chetrit, Tony Conrad, Lucy Indiana Dodd, MV Carbon, Johnny Misheff, Doron Sadja, John Fell Ryan, Lala Harrison, Owen Cannon, Caitlin Jemison, Zorka McMullen, Lauren Luloff, Mario Diaz de Leon, Alix Pearlstein, Freddy Nightliker, Severiano Martinez, Vanessa Hagerbaumer, Ami Dang, Carson Garhart, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Laura Zuspan, Eliza Swann, 3 baby-sat kids, Carly Ptak, Ryan Lucero, David Riley, Hilary Zarabi-Aazam, Cammisa Buerhaus, Alfredo Marin, Jessie Stead, Lizzie Harper, Alexandra Velasco, Fern Silva, Molly West, Cat Chow, Prince, and Carlen Altman
Music by: Tony Conrad, MV Carbon, Doron Sadja, Excepter, Severiano Martinez, Lucky Dragons, Mario Diaz de Leon, Bruno Coviello (Light Asylum), Curtis Swinford, Joe Williams (White Williams), Zeljko McMullen, Hildegaard von Bingen, Fennesz, Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa / Ablehearts), Iasos, The Holy Experiment, Michael Beharie (Tezeo), Carly Ptak (Nautical Almanac), Wish
Additional credits: DVD cover image and film contains logo design by Carnal Torpor