Inventing Myself

A male 'Observer' experiences the benefits and psychological consequences of exploring other people's lives.

  • Pascui Rivas
    El Sereno, Jean Lewis, Four More Years, Mande
  • Pascui Rivas
    El Sereno, Jean Lewis, Four More Years, Mande
  • Corey R. Smith
  • Kevin Barry Crowley
    Key Cast
  • Christine Robert
    Key Cast
  • Allison Bloom
    Key Cast
  • Heather Paige Cohn
    Key Cast
  • Shelley Michelle
    Key Cast
    Pretty Woman (body double)
  • Eric Monjoin (voice over)
    Key Cast
  • Glenn Ratcliffe
    Key Cast
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    Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    erotic, period
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2015
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    0 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Pascui Rivas

Pascui Rivas is a film director, writer and musician. He was born in New York City where he grew up. As a kid he moved to Córdoba in Argentina where later in life he graduated from a five-year film program at Cordoba National University, where he wrote and directed his noir short “El Sereno” (“The Night Watchman”).. “El Sereno” was the Winner of the Kodak Film School Competition, obtaining Honorable Recognition from legendary cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs Eventually he settled in Los Angeles and in 2008 he won a “Silver Lion” at Cannes Lions advertising festival for a campaign he directed for Toyota Corolla and ad agency Conill Saatchi & Saatchi. This was the first Cannes Lion Award in the history of the agency. The same year, this spot received the “Best of Show” award at the AdAge/Ahaa Awards for Best US Hispanic spot. A personal documentary short he directed and edited “Jean Lewis” had it New York premiere as part of the Official Selection for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; also having been in competition at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, the 2011 Starz Denver Film Festival, among others.“Four More Years” is one of his shorts that recently received Special Recognition by the United States Congress.

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Director Statement

In my years of making films, I have found the cinema to be an artistic and collaborative vehicle with the capacity to enable audiences to explore human behavior through entertainment. Through my experience with both, narrative and documentary films, I have come to the conviction that no radical difference exists between the two, and that the resources pertaining to either narrative, documentary or musical languages are to be borrowed and exchanged with a view to serve the spirit of well-structured story, regardless of its form.
I wrote and directed “Inventándome” (musical short film) as an exercise for self exploration. The idea was to produce a film that one could see projected in a corner of a museum or on a wall during a gallery opening. It is a formal piece that utilizes the narrative of a male observer as a means to raise questions that are particularly interesting to me, not only as an artist but as an individual.
In our day and age, one can pretty much find out as much as he/she wishes about someone before even establishing any kind of human connection. As in every film noir movie, the more our hero gets to know about what he’s trying to find out, the deeper his fall and the harder he crashes.
I believe there is a drawback yet to be experienced by us. The pornography industry installed the notion of shaven vaginas so viewers could paradoxically “see more”. Our capacity to background-check any individual exacerbates the anticipation of any kind of true interaction with another person, to the extent that we remain in a state that is virtually catatonic and which seems to leave little room for discovery.
It is my hope that this film is seen repeatedly and experienced through both, its sensorial and reflective qualities. Thank you for watching!