Set in the desert-weird wilds of Joshua Tree, California, Serpentine Pink is a distinctively visceral and surreal independent, female-centric film that digs into the various and rigorous ways a heart heals from trauma. Inspired by France’s Grand Guignol style of horror theatre, and utilizing a lyrical language both visual and verbal to capture the strange poetry of the Mojave land and soundscape, Serpentine Pink follows a reclusive biker woman and her John Wayne-obsessed exotic dancer lover’s disturbing fallout after a violent acid attack. An ethereal psychic and her aspiring shaman companion converge with supernatural forces in an attempt to confront and then heal the women’s – as well as their own – deep-rooted, personal pain that comes from trying to break the cycle of possessive love.
Today, films addressing trauma in same sex relationships are rare. With progressive narratives increasingly in demand, underrepresented stories in film are critical in creating a deeper understanding of the unique issues people and communities face. The cast and crew of this film is more than 50% women. The management team also aimed to increase environmental sustainability by experimenting with solar power on set, implementing recycling and leveraging innovative technology. We not only plan to mount an educational campaign with the marketing of our film, we also plan to share the lessons we’ve learned with the broader filmmaking community to encourage others to do the same.
Serpentine Pink confronts the realities of complicated romantic relationships in order to learn how to begin to heal from abuse, self-doubt, loss of identity and emotional and psychological trauma.