Video

The Natural Life of Mermaids

Isabell Spengler and Holiday Movies Initiative

2004, 10:26 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 964.02

Told from the perspective of a nature park ranger, the voice-over has us learn details about the local fish stock and possible presence of mermaids at Lake Havasu, a popular spring-break destination for water sports in Arizona.

This introduction is followed by a physical appropriation of the mermaid myth by (through?) the filmmakers, staging themselves as sea-creatures. Moving freely through various genres - from National Geographic report to melodrama and music video - the film tells a unique version of its story.

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