Running time: 12:00 Year: 1997 Format: BetaCam SP, colour/b&w, stereo
CRUSH is the story of a man who wants to turn into animal as told by the man himself, and one or two observers. He employs a variety techniques to transform himself into a beast. He cuts off parts of his body. He exercises. He swims. He wants to return to the water; to speed up evolution a little. Has he gone mad, or is he just tired of being human?
As the narrator descends into his private obsessions, we begin to perceive the distorted outlines of reason which guide his descent. The trajectory he defines allows us to reflect upon the correlations between the body and identity, our culture's obsession with the body beautiful, and what it means to be human.
Production credits Written & directed by : Nelson Henricks Featuring: Jean-Philippe Côté, Pierre Beaudoin, N. Henricks, Yudi Sewraj and Tim van Wijk Camera: Nelson Henricks Additional Camera: Nikki Forrest and Pierre Beaudoin Production Assistants: Pierre Beaudoin, Nikki Forrest and Yudi Sewraj On-Line Editor: Monique Moumblow Editing Assistance: Gisèle Trudel and Michel Giroux Soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Nelson Henricks Guest Vocalist: Nikki Forrest Sound Recordist: Martin Hurtubise Additional Recording: Nelson Henricks Sound Mix: Martin Hurtubise and Nelson Henricks Thanks to: Concordia University and Co-op Vidéo de Montréal Special thanks to: Robert Morin, Kathryn Walter and Louise K.Wilson Video produced and post-produced at P.R.I.M. This video received financial support from P.R.I.M., Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and The Canada Council, Media Arts Section. The soundtrack for CRUSH was produced during an artists' residency at PRIM.