short synopsis: Five friends arrive at a beach house on the Oregon Coast for a holiday weekend; one disappears
longer synopsis: Five friends arrive at a beach house on the Oregon Coast for a holiday weekend. Allison seems troubled but the other four don’t say a word or intervene, presuming relationship trouble as the cause. “Probably best to give her some space.” They unpack, build a fire, eat dinner, go to bed. And then she is gone.
It took ten years to bring ‘the black sea’ into the world. I initially set out to make a cheap easy feature debut – one location, a few characters, basic plot – but a brush with oblivion sidelined me. By the time I fully returned to making it, ‘the black sea’ had absorbed the fear and blackness from my experience and along the way transformed into something harder to encapsulate than initially conceived. The logline remained the same – 5 friends at a beach house, one disappears – but what started as a genre movie instead became a dark treatise on friendship, marriage, and death. I am most interested in the relative nature of darkness, how the pitch you swim in may not register to the person standing (or laying) next to you. I am also huge fan of movies that change form and shape as you watch them. ‘the black sea’ starts in a conventional manner but becomes increasingly fragmented as it progresses, leaving questions unaddressed and avoiding easy explication.
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