SCRANTON — Multi-media artist Pouran Esrafily will screen her film “Together Alone” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 on the second floor of AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. The film length is approximate 94 minutes. Admission is free.
Solitary by nature, the artist is inspired by nature. Her work is about her experience.
In the film, four young men and two young women in their early 20s spend three days sleeping and waking on the beach with the sunrise. They play together or drift apart alone. A mature solitary woman, who paints large abstract paintings at her studio on the beach, passes them. She observes the sunrises from her rooftop. Each day she paints over the same painting, in physical performances. For each painting performance, her studio is lit to a different color: red, green or yellow. In the absence of dialogue, their body language and how they huddle together or stand alone expresses their potential.
There are three episodes, each beginning with a unique sunrise, signified by a color red, green or yellow light illuminating the painter’s studio.
Red, the color of passion, sets the tone for a more playfull start, with a passionate performance of the painter. Then green sets a tragic tone with a somber performance by the painter but a comical playfulness by the young ones on the beach. Then yellow sets a resolved tone with a tender performance by the painter and a coupling of the young ones on the beach. The young ones wear T-shirts in red, green or yellow.
It is a meditation on time and space with long wide shots and close ups of their faces at sunrise and sunset.
Information provided by the AFA Gallery.