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Watch Chinonye Chukwu’s Provocative And Challenging Short Film 'Bottom' (NSFW)

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by Sergio
December 11, 2013 7:36 PM
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Just yesterday I wrote an item about the upcoming home entertainment release of filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu’s feature film alaskaLand, and before you ask, yes, she is currently in pre-production her next feature, which will go into production next year.

But she still has been making films. She just recently finished a short film, A Long Walk, based on a short story by Samuel Autman, which will hit the film festival circuit next year. However there’s another short she already completed a few months ago entitled Bottom, and it is rather unexpected to say the least.

It’s an intense, sexually-charged short which she herself has said might “not be appropriate for some,”  but you all know me by now. I just love stuff like that. I like it when someone goes against the grain and does something challenging.

I’m not saying that you have to like it, and I'm sure there will be those who won’t, but I would rather have someone hate something intensely after watching it, than to leave a film with a blasé “Well yeah that was O.K. I guess feeling.

After seeing it myself, I had to ask Ms. Chukwu why she decided to make this film since I wanted to know, and you will too after you watch it, since it is quite unlike her feature alaskaLand.

She told me that Bottom "represents a major shift I encountered last year, soon after completing my first feature film...This shift was inspired by my exposure to several artistic heroes of mine, whose works challenged me to go deeper inside of myself and to confront some of the "ugliness" of humanity to have a truly beautiful, creative experience."

She further said the film is a visual manifestation of several artist awakenings I had during this period last year: 1) You can say more by not saying or showing anything 2) Composition and framing is an extension of the storytelling 3) Pain is the springboard for a myriad of human actions and behaviors 4) Go darker, go uglier 5) I can make a damn good movie with  very little.

And she finally added that she “wanted to  explore the very political space of the bedroom. We bring so much emotional and psychological baggage to this space and to our relationships. I wanted to slowly unthread an encounter between two people, whose pain is at very forefront of their actions, but is never articulated between the two. This is what we do as human beings - we often mask our own pain and  then it ends being manifested in other ways."

Because of the Bottom’s content and with Ms. Chukwu’s permission, instead of actually posting the film here, if you want to watch it, go here: BOTTOM.

Please feel free to give your thoughts, pro or con.

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5 Comments

  • Li Ling | December 12, 2013 7:07 PMReply

    Very sensational. Life is consist by a lot of changes and challenges. Not only foe making movies, all the things is the same principle. This is definitely provocative for everybody. I believe everyone sometimes will feel we don't fit the environment we are lived in, we don't fit the job, the lovers or the friends or even just some tiny things. We are skeptical about our lives and ourselves. But these kind of feelings is very subtle and privately, we hardly talk about it. If someone can make it into a film, it can arise many viewers's feelings.

  • K | December 12, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    Immensely affecting. Beautifully done Nonye. :)

  • artbizzy | December 12, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    I've got so many different feelings right now. But topmost is profound sadness yet deep appreciation for the director's honesty and compassion and also aesthetic. Short film. Big story. I need a drink.

  • Ladybug | December 12, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    I thought it well done. Tip my hat to Chinonye. Can't wait to see what her next film is about.

  • Tommy Oliver | December 11, 2013 8:37 PMReply

    It was certainly rough and uncomfortable but I applaud Chinonye for going there and for challenging the audience.

    Job well done.

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