The Alarm Forest trilogy will deal with the idea of natural spaces offering a place of spiritual reflection. With this project, I want to argue that nature provides the same sacred spaces that churches, mosques and temples do, that the conditions for both are very similar. Throughout the trilogy, characters that encounter these spaces will find that words alone do not suffice, and so will also experience a piece of music in some way.
The trilogy will comprise two short performance films, and a twenty-minute narrative film:
PART ONE: ALARM FOREST
In the first film, a group of girl scouts camping in the woods experience the sounds of nature as a piece of music, and perform a playground clapping game to it.
PART TWO: BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
The second film deals with a man who is planning to disappear into the night, having committed a terrible crime. When he sneaks out of the house and into a forest, he is confronted by a singer in a black robe, who performs an unusually upbeat song which forecasts the man's punishment.
PART THREE: SEVEN ROOMS OF GLOOM
The final film shows a choir, hidden in the 'cathedral' of a cave, performing Seven Rooms of Gloom by the Four Tops. Long bouts of pitch black are interrupted by sudden flashes of light, revealing their faces for a few brief moments.
Screenings of all three films will incorporate other contextual pieces of video for the sake of ambiance. Objects from the films will be on display, as if they were religious artifacts.