Strawberries and Celery

Zakary Sandler and Joshua Sandler

2009, 16:24 minutes, colour, English


The Evan Trilogy is an attempt at a fusion of documentary and video art. It depicts Evan, a writer diagnosed with bipolar disorder, who has published one book to date that has never sold a single copy. The trilogy takes the form of an interactive illustration, at times resembling a therapy session, of the world of fantasy that keeps Evan afloat. In addition to conceiving of, filming, and editing the trilogy, the brothers act as facilitators, coaxing Evan out of his mostly private world, and prompting him to improvise within a preset skeleton of ideas. The comfort that is achieved with the subject is deliberate and is vital to the level of honesty reached.

Part one,
Strawberries and Celery, is an outline of Evan’s philosophy as a whole and his means of spiritual survival. He reveals how his rendezvous with prostitutes became one of his primary ways of escaping an uninspired day-to-day life otherwise spent alone, writing and daydreaming in a drab apartment. This unorthodox relationship with prostitutes reflects his desire for genuine human interaction, as well as an Indiana Jones-esque impulse for danger and adventure.

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