Acadian Nights is an experimental art film inspired by a lifetime of dreams—particularly dreams of people and spaces that shape us. A curious, whimsical fantasy world has been created grounded in the cycle of waking and dreaming, using personal and found photographs, and accompanied by an original soundtrack. Adopting images from my photographic collages, I give them new contexts and combine them in new ways. This juxtaposition results in a trance-like, poetic narrative that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Marked by vibrant color, hypnotic interludes and sensual appeal, the film explores different generations of family members, appearing in the same imaginary room. Characters mysteriously appear and disappear, dissolving into ever-changing backdrops. This world of half-real dreamscapes is sandwiched between the opening and closing scenes, which allude to Carl Jung’s theory of the feminine and masculine halves of our personalities–anima and animas. The relationship between male and female is carried throughout the film, and across generations.
About the Director:
Born in Louisiana, Peggy Weiss grew up in West Texas and lives in Austin. She re-purposes old photos, combining them with her own photography. Using the computer, she manipulates these images into fine art composites. Video is a natural progression of her photographic work.