God Land

Film, 2009
Duration: 66 mins

Under the name Aspen Michael Taylor

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"This film was born from one of the worst periods of my life. Just true, dark blackness. I would go out driving, searching out images and landscapes. It felt so radical, so punk, at the time, to make something beautiful. I wrote a script that was mostly abandoned after the first day of shooting. This film encapsulates the way I love to make movies. Just me, completely alone with the actors, lost in the mood of the film, being completely present, sensitized, reactive and intuitive. It was shot on a handycam. I love this film like the most bestest friend you could ever have. It means a whole lot to me. I would have liked to release it, for it to have a life outside of myself, but I didn’t know how to do that. Only a handful of people have ever seen it. I hope that one day more will, but maybe that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. Nick Hudson created the most beautiful score — music married perfectly to the images. The film had kind of gotten lost. There were many, many versions, but I found a crappy DVD burn several years ago with the right cut and painstakingly recreated the edit from the original miniDV tapes, so that I would have a HD version."