Set in 1960’s L.A. and starring actress Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, Lady In The Water, etc), this first short by photographer Alex Prager goes for pure, cinematic melodrama, hoping to catch just one emotion: despair, through her chilling juxtaposition of dreamy Americana aesthetics and back-story brimming with overstated tragedy.
According to Prager, Despair was conceived as a living, full-sensory version of her photographic work. “I’d like to show the before, now and after of one of my images, that’s really the concept of the film,” she says. Accustomed to running a one-woman show on her shoots, where she usually plays photographer, stylist, set-designer and everything in between, Prager was ensnared by the collaborative nature of creating a film. “It’s like taking every art medium and melding it into one,” she says.
Bryce takes her place next to a long line of Prager’s heroines, girls set in a bright and eerie past, with a disturbed and morose look in their eyes and an uncertain grip in reality.
You can check more of Alex’s photographic work in her portfolio site.