followed by Q & A with Molly Lowe
In her first and only feature-length film, artist, painter, sculptor Molly Lowe narrates a complex, deeply personal minor masterpiece of filmic mixed-media. Redwood is cinematic poetry.
The main character, ostensibly Lowe, undergoes a memory transplant to conserve her beloved grandmother’s personal memories – their existence threatened by dementia. Onscreen, the two women’s memories play out in overtly dreamlike, artificial compositions. We are taken to parties of today and yesteryear, to the timeless California oceanside. Lowe’s achievement is how she reenacts the quality of memories. We are delivered out of time and out of nature. We ask is this a theatrical setting or a real farm? Is the sky painted? What Molly inherits are memories that are artworks, not recordings.