Experiencing Interruptions?

Consensual Cannibalism

A Grindcore band accidentally kills their guitarist the day before their last show. His body mysteriously floats away only to return, ready to play.
Also, my love letter to sick DIY music and the strange fun weird avenues of life.

  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental Narrative, Horror, Comedy, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - UW-Milwaukee
Director Biography

Jake Whalen
I am currently residing in the foggy Milwaukee metropolis where I recently received a BFA in Film from UW-Milwaukee. My practice has many facets. I photograph live musicians, draw posters, specialize in alternative photography processes, and create abstract and narrative short films. My interests lie primarily in the ambiguous, abstract, and strange expressions of existence and the colorful people that inhabit those zones.

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Director Statement

I set out to make this film as both my Senior Thesis and as a live music movie amid the collaspse of in person events. I wanted to bring together the amazing musicians I’m privilaged to be friends and make a surreal experience tied together by the love of strange outsider music that we all have.
The main plot of the film revolves around the accidental slaying of Asher by his bandmate Em. Ashers haunting return becomes analgous to the fraught relationship they hint at in the beginning of the film. From there, it spirals into an escalating loop of dying and returning. I hope it feels like a dream where it strangely reflects some aspect of reality but diverges in ways that seem inscrutible.