This week’s short film says different things to me depending on the mood I’m in. My initial note for this short film was “No matter where they go, some people are always tied to home.”
When I watched it again, I thought this was about the pains of creation.
Tonight, it is about the longing for connection in a big city.
Home Away From Home is a film that is a touch of everything, popping in and out of a meta-narrative that always threatens to cohere but stays defiantly ambiguous. I think this short reflects back what you might be feeling at any given time.
I first watched it last year after work on the day after Christmas when i was a little homesick.
In the summer, I was watching it during an industrious work period full of creative pains.
Tonight, I rewatched it after going to a gay holiday burleseque show that was simultaneously an irreverent take on the holidays, and an affecting community gathering that acknowledged struggle and pressure felt by the LGBTQ community, validated the LGBTQ collective cultural consciousness, and provided togetherness and strength to continue survival.
Go into this short not knowing what to expect. Some who don’t connect to the twisty tale will find the narrative hopelessly convoluted and twee. Others will see different parts of the story.