Hibiscus’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am ashamed of myself.
I love Eli, and I've seen most of his shorts, yet this is my first time watching one of his feature length projects. About damm time!
This might sound weird, but in a way this is the first time I fully got the "artistic ideology" of Eli Hayes. It was the same with the films of Jonas Mekas; I'd seen some of his shorts, and truly enjoyed them, but it wasn't until I saw his full length projects that I truly got the "bigger picture". I love a lot of Eli's Short works, but this film really cemented certain ideas and images in another way than I'd experienced before.
Also, the music is AMAZING in this film, which definitely provides a lot(Yo, the fact that you fuck with Jay Electronica makes me sooo happy!)
A nostalgic collage of fragmented memories, which all, in a way, add up to a really interesting portrait of America.
Eli has been a great Influence ever since I first got on Letterboxd. Not only is he an amazingly honest and boundry-pushing artist, but a kind and sweethearted person. The "art world" has a tendecy to corrupt the minds of people, but I'm absolutely possitive that Eli Hayes will stay humble forever.
This is also a great reminder of how intimate these kinds of films can be, and how easy that aspect is to take for granted.
Finally, I guess I should appologoze for simply rambling, instead of writing a well planned and calculated review. But still, aren't these kinds of films vissual rambling in a way? The act of presenting images and textures in a spontanious and organic matter, instead of lining it up in some kind of plot based narrative. Filmmaking is ultimately about making the audience feel something.
I was walking along the snow covered landscapes around my school earlier today, and asked myself what kind of project I should make over the summer. This film made me realize that all I really need to do is pick up a camera. Capturing images, moments and moods. That is what it's all about.