// Presented as part of Filmatique's American Indie Series //
Exclusive Interview with Bingham Bryant & Kyle Molzan
Exclusive Essay: Creating Something Out of Nothing in For the Plasma
Spotlight on For the Plasma
Bingham Bryant & Kyle Molzan / USA, 2014 / Jeounju, BAMcinemaFest, Chicago Underground, Entrevues Belfort, Maryland, Nashville, Indielisboa, San Francisco Independent, Unknown Pleasures / 94'
Helen is a young woman living in the woods of northern Maine. She spends her days watching CCTV monitors, which stream live images of the surrounding forest that she is paid to surveil for potential fires. When her college friend Charlie arrives to visit, Helen lets her in on a secret: she has learned how to discern patterns in the global financial markets from the images on the screen.
Beginning as a story of unconventional female friendship and ending in a hundred places at once, For the Plasma is a digital-pastoral drama of landscape and technology; a meta-cinematic exploration of the way in which our search for meaning and truth can shape what registers as reality. Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan's debut feature premiered at Jeounju, Maryland, Indielisboa, Nashville and BAMcinemaFest.
"For the Plasma is a delightful oddity, an indie comedy with sci-fi twists and an indecipherable plot. It's part Jacques Rivette, part Shane Carruth, and part Wes Anderson. It might be part Tommy Wiseau too. With deadpan line readings that seem purposefully affected, it's a film that plays with our instinct to look for meaning in imagery, and the baggage we bring to a movie. In fact, that's what it's about— someone trying to read images of the natural world as something greater... a charmingly strange film, a movie that feels devoid of the cynicism that often plagues every genre from which it cribs, but particularly modern sci-fi and low-budget cinema. It is a movie that is happily strange, joyfully bizarre and particularly unforgettable"
- Brian Tallerico, Film Review, Roger Ebert