Scopophobia

Scopophobia

Film Description: The female body is often seen in small pieces. Close ups of full lips, sexy eyes, long legs, etc, are intercut with wide shots to create a convincing whole. But what if we took the pieces apart and found that they belonged to not one, but two women? At first Vanity White’s relationship with the young and pretty Hand Model is clear. The Hand Model will pose for the hands and Vanity will do the rest of the body. On the set for Closer Look’s new beauty product line, Vanity tries to ignore the Hand Model and do her job. But when images of the two woman are edited into one sequence it creates a new disjointed being, a woman made from pieces. Strange things begin to happen and the body becomes confused with its own image.

Director Biography: Often working with feminist sensibilities, Lasha Mowchun has made several films which position the body within the tensions of culture, gender, and power. Using conceptually motivated narratives, Mowchun’s characters realize themselves in odd relationships to their bodies. Their bodies are the source of music, subterfuge or abstraction. Mowchun uses her lens as a mirror to expose hidden reality of the body buried beneath gender, the play of power and the glossy surface of the photograph.