Widow's Peek: The Kiss of Death

"Widow’s Peek: The Kiss of Death" is a collaborative experimental video by Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley. The video speaks for the many people (especially women) who live their lives centered upon dreamy cinematic portrayals of romance. These films foster an ideal nearly impossible to find and cultivate. The shrieking “widow” in the video captures the moment of loss when she realizes the hope of finding such a love is as dead as the actors filmed in passionate embraces.

  • Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Fine Art, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital / still frame animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Semi-Finalist International Experimental Video & Film Festival at Bilbao Arte, Bilba
    November 27, 2018
  • CUNY Film Festival 2018
    New York
    United States
    April 22, 2018
  • Miniature Film Festival
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 30, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
Director Biography - Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley

Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley’s video collaboration, "Speaking In Bootongue," was included in the full-length exquisite corpse surrealist film, "The Spaces Between Cities," which premiered at The Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle WA and will be screened at Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR, Aichi Triennial, Japan and Delete TV. Their text-based art collaboration "Dream Streams," was published in "Columbia University Journal of Literature & Art," Three Rooms Press annual Dada anthologies, "Maintenant 9 & 10," "Gravel," "Boog City" and others. This series was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island.

Amy Bassin is a video artist/photographer from New York City and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.

Mark Blickley is a widely published writer and playwright. His most recent book is "Sacred Misfits" published by Red Hen Press. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and PEN American Center and graduate of Brooklyn College.

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Director Statement

Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley’s video and art collaborations began after they read Man Ray’s memoir, "Self-Portrait," and were enthralled by the Dadaist’s avant-garde film experiments and art that combined photography with poetic texts. All of their collaborations have a dada and surrealist edginess.