Earlier this year Director Tony Stone impressed me (and many others) with his incredible DIY indie period epic, “Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America.” He also wrote, edited and starred in the film, which involved looking brilliant head-banging in wolf pelts, getting raped by a beautiful native woman and having a colossal bare-assed shit on camera. It’s an outrageous film, and one of the best I’ve yet seen this year.
He returns with “Out of Our Minds” a shorter piece conceived with musician Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins). Like Stone’s “Severed Ways,” music plays a central role in “OOOM,” indeed the film cannot be separated from Auf Der Maur’s concept album of the same title. The score, done by Auf Der Maur and LA band Entrance, takes the place of dialogue in this fantasy where three different time periods collide in one bloody wilderness stalked by Vikings, mindless loggers and a hot witch (Auf Der Maur, who has never been cooler than she is now).
“OOOM” is worth every visually stunning frame, crafted with the axe of a solar powered HD camera in the forest of Stone and Auf Der Maur’s wild musings. If David Lynch had a 30 minute musical dream interpretation of the cult flick, “Highlander” it might be kindred to what transpires in “OOOM.” You may have no idea what the hell is going on, but you’ll see a few things I guarantee you’ve never seen before.
Melissa Auf Der Maur performs for the Royal Flush Festival in NYC at the Knitting Factory this coming Saturday, Oct 17.
“OOOM” opens at the Royal Flush Festival the next day, Sun, Oct 18, at 6:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives.