REBEL IN RISING is a breath-taking debut fashion film from director and Boulevard Artists member Braden Summers.
The film is an emotional response to the dawn of the new administration last year–which Braden describes as a frustrating and harmful time–but it's intentionally subtle, beautiful and accessible for viewers of any political persuasion. He said, "Anger doesn’t see [the opposite point of view], they’re not going to fully understand you if you're just responding angrily, so I wanted to create a response to how I was feeling emotionally. With something that was hopefully a little more digestible. Expressing anger and frustration but in a poetic, beautiful and artistic fashion...I wanted to show that there was heart in what we were feeling and not just bitterness."
The finished product is a visually stunning three-minute passion project featuring Clint Eastwood's daughter, Francesca. London Fashion Film Festival, Chicago's Fashion Film Festival, California Film Awards, Lift-Off Global Network Los Angeles and Golden Gate International Film Festival have recognized the work, amongst others.
"I definitely can’t speak for everyone, but I know for myself as a member of the LGBTQ community who is very liberal, I felt very protected and comforted under the Obama administration. And then the band-aid got ripped off. This administration threatened, through each policy, to chip away at the rights of LGBTQ people, people of color, and women. The narrative is almost a stream of consciousness response–the thoughts of the main character as the movie played out."
Braden has been studying to incorporate film as an extension of his art for the past six or seven years. He's created a lot of experimental work on the way to finding his voice as a filmmaker and translate from still to motion. He says that with REBEL IN RISING, for the first time there wasn't a struggle regarding how to approach the visuals for the film. Every scene was created as if it were a still photograph.
The film is a natural progression, but not a continuation of Braden's still work, All Love is Equal, a viral fashion project about same-sex couples.
"I wanted to create work that resonated with people who might otherwise be uncomfortable with that type of imagery. The goal was for people to look at it and think it's beautiful. Should they discover the after they looked at it and thought it was beautiful that it’s a same-sex couple then be disgusted–then fine. But I wanted the initial moment and reaction to be a positive reaction and a positive association with that type of imagery."