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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.
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.
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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