Delta filmmaker airs work in Cleveland
by Dean Julius
Apr 08, 2012 | 3287 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A still from the film, "Land."
A still from the film, "Land."
Chicago filmmaker and Clarksdale native, Will Goss will hold a screening of his newest film “Land” at Hey Joe’s in Cleveland Tuesday thanks to Keep Cleveland Boring.

“Land” is the “story of a farmer who sells his soul to the devil for power over the weather," Goss said about the film.

What follows is "a cosmic battle of elemental human desire," he said.

Set at the historic Crossroads in Clarksdale, “Land” is a loving portrait of the filmmaker’s hometown said Goss.

According to his artist's statement, Goss’ films put “characters into extreme environments where desires and emotions are amplified to an absurd level.”

“I create a battleground for warring passions,” Goss said.

Goss said that his projects typically are under extreme economical constraints.

Under that pressure, he hopes “to marry my aesthetics with my overriding theme: using cheap materials for a higher purpose."

Goss works under the aesthetic tradition of Menippean Satire, which deals with character’s mental attitudes or “the ideas they represent,” he said, rather than dealing specifically with human beings.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to screen 'Land' in Cleveland because the movie was shot in the Delta,” Goss said concerning the screening Tuesday.

“While the audience may not recognize the exact location, the landscape will certainly be familiar.

“I'm not a legend in Cleveland like I am in Clarksdale, so I'm excited about a new audience.

“I depend on the insights of others to give my work meaning,” Goss said, “because if a movie plays in the forest and no one is there to see it, does it matter if it's any good?”

According to Goss, the South is “under-represented on the silver screen,” but that wasn’t the genesis for this project.

“This movie was never ever about presenting the South to the rest of the world.

“I'm more concerned with what's universal and human.

“Works of art that seek to be an extension of a place, only succeed within that place and become little more than an echo of regional customs.”

According to Goss, art must extend beyond zip code, much in the same way William Faulkner’s work transcends his imaginary Yaknapatawpha and the South and “pumps blood all over the world."

Goss’s 50-minute film will be shown on the patio big screen of Hey Joe’s at 9 p.m. Tuesday.