When a person gets lost inside their own mind the maze they have entered follows the pattern of a zebra, and when the zebra becomes another color—no one is any longer their true self.
Experimental cinema… aesthetic rebellion…Non-narrative forms…there was a golden age for all that, especially in the America of the 1960’s when contemporary cinematic expression ranged from the abstractions of Stan Brakhage, to the deadpan irony of Warhol’s oevure through to the neo-realistic dramas of John Cassavates. Those three touchstones, Brakhage, Warhol and Cassavates create a kind trinity of aesthetic ancestrage that informs Joseph Lally’s ” Black and White Maze Of The Painted Zebra” a first feature. Shot digitally and starring iconic male model Tyson Ballou, Major’s Charles Devoe and Michael Brager as well and featuring Daphne Guiness in a cryptic guest appearance looking very much like a latter day style saint the film does not lack for glossy people. (Ms Guiness also served as producer of the project). Zebra certainly is no sugar-coated pill. It is a demanding watch but it is a “watch” that also has a perverse reverse cool. That gives it exactly the kind of status needed to ressurect that long lost art form, the underground cult film. Ostensibly a story about the last days of a unhinged baseball legend, (beautifully named Tiger Blackmore) ‘what I enjoyed the most about ” Black and White Maze Of The Painted Zebra” was its unfiltered exploration of the American male mind-set depicted in a state of free-fall into absolute pyschosis. Psychosis, as in the rough stuff peddled by Brett Easton Ellis and Quinten Tarrantino is always catchy material. But how often do you watch a depiction of mental breakdown that is matched by a sustained breakdown of the artistic form transmitting the narrative. It is transgression on top of transgression
Supermodel Tyson Ballou makes his film debut in an independent art film directed by Joseph Lally and produced by Daphne Guinness. Michael Brager and Charles Devoe co-star. Tyson plays baseball legend Tiger Blackmore who has hired a reality TV crew to document his nervous breakdown. The feature length film is experimental, challenging the viewers expectation of how a narrative should play out. An intense exploration of the spoils of fame and media exploitation. A link to the feature will appear here soon.
TRAILER 2 THE BLACK AND WHITE MAZE OF THE PAINTED ZEBRA
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