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‘Pinocchio’s Candy Lust’ Takes a Fresh, Dreamlike Approach to the Classic Story

"A treatise on gender in relation to artistic identity."

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Pinocchio’s Candy Lust

Logline: A 20-minute short about a female carpenter named Gepetto’s self-transformation into a reckless artist (Pinocchio) and her shifting relationship to the world of men. “Pinocchio’s Candy Lust” is a treatise on gender in relation to artistic identity.

Elevator Pitch:

Raising questions about multiple selves and the commodification of “artist” and “woman,” Gepetto, a disgruntled female carpenter, is confronted with the choice between acting responsibly and hating her life or (re)producing herself as Pinocchio. Carving a paintbrush and painting her body with woodgrain she undergoes a transformation so wild she destroys her whole village. Fleeing in fear, Pinocchio dives into a candy fountain and becomes a victim of the underwater world of candy. Playing in this narcotic dreamland until her body starts to melt away, only Gepetto has the power to save Pinocchio from death.

Production Team:

Writer/Director/Lead Actor: Z Behl
Co-Director/Cinematographer: Sam Kuhn
Producer: Carlos Zozaya
Producer: Mariah Burke
Choreographer: Laurie Berg
Creative Advisor: Benh Zeitlin (director, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

About the Film:

I’m a visual artist and this is my first film. My artwork is about play – maintaining a joyous and impassioned relationship to work. This story centers on the tension between creator (Gepetto) and creation (Pinocchio) both played by me.

There is no archetypal Künstlerroman (artist’s novel) about a woman. I drew influence from Jung’s Nekyia (mythic pattern of descent and rebirth) and the picaresque novel, a satirical genre committed to the adventures of low-class roguish heroes, in which the original Adventures of Pinocchio was written.

Gepetto must conquer her inner-self and find purpose in a world that forsakes her creativity.

Current Status: Already shot underwater phase 1. Fundraising now for Principal Photography in October.

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