shum (2005)

The title is perhaps a pun on the Russian shum vremeni [the din of time] and Shumer [Sumerian]. The film is a very loose reimagining of a Sumerian creation myth, and one of my first and happiest forays into filmmaking. It was shot over two weekends in the summer-swept Bloomington, IN. Two video-store clerks mad about Guy Maddin made up the crew, and the cast was gathered off the lazy streets. The handsome lead subsequently became a winemaker (see jack rabbit hill). Super-8.