Everything That Rises Must Converge is a hybrid documentary/fiction film. It follows four real-life adult film performers as they start their day at home, get in their cars and drive to work in a nondescript residential house in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. In between documentary scenes, we also encounter several fictional characters whose stories revolve around the same residential house where the performers work. Shown as a grid of four simultaneous images, the film weaves scenes of everyday life with moments of beauty, as well as the strange and absurd moments of apparent convergence. “Yet again, Omer Fast blurs storylines by orchestrating a special kind of narrative normalcy, for these are in fact real porn actors acting out their lives in front of us. Stories overlap, images harmonize, sentences match up, and every element converges at any given moment. Fast arranges his composition of multiple realities down to the smallest detail. With ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’, Fast continues to investigate and decode the moment when real experience turns into subjective memory, and then becomes material for an ambiguous story, and finally art.“ (gb agency)
Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972. He holds a BA in English from Tufts University, a BFA in Visual Arts from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since finishing his studies he has participated in numerous international exhibitions. His work is in several international collections including Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Centre Pompidou.
Format: HD, 56 minutes
Director, screenplay, editor: Omer Fast
With: Tommy Pistol, Allison Moore, Julia Ann, Dane Cross, Mike Quasar, Luchana Gatica, Whit Spurgeon, Adam Pilver, a.o.
Cinematography: Jason Mccormick
Sound mix: Theresa Radka, Jared Simmons, Justin Blakely
Sound design: Jochen Jezussek; production manager: Casey Suchan
Producer: Daniel Desure, Mary Pat Bentel
produced with the help of: Arratia Beer, Gb Agency and Dvir Galleries; thanks to: Zero Tolerance Los Angeles and Filmgalerie 451 Berlin.