Marin Blue was developed from photographs
I took of abandoned buildings. I was
compelled by the stories that empty spaces
tell and how they develop an austere beauty
that organically grows from their neglect.
I drew inspiration from the Los Angeles
landscape. The dream world qualities of the
mass expanse of space and the empty
buildings that lay in between. A surreal world
made up of a fictional place that it?s
inhabitants imagine.
Los Angeles has a history of transient and
temporary culture. It stands as a beacon to
fortune seekers who appear and sometimes
disappear. Marin and Jim, the two main
characters, are the remnants of these
abandoned dreams. Their parents have
disappeared and they now inhabit the fringe
of the mental care system.
Transience is a theme that I find myself
returning to in many of my films. Growing up,
I moved almost every year. Without one
place to generate memories from, the past
was just that, passed. Names, faces, and
places became muddled. The division
between fact and fiction was not a hard line,
but instead a meandering one that shifted
again and again.
The dream world of the film is a reality to Jim
and Marin, as much as it is made up. Their
roles as unreliable narrators is based on
what they perceive to be true and it is only
when all breaks down that they are forced to
face themselves.