Fashion Creatives, Episode 2: Director Bo Mirosseni.

The allure of characters who lose their minds under pressure.

Text: Aldona Kwiatkowski
: Shelby Duncan
  • Fashion Creatives, Episode 2: Director Bo Mirosseni.

  • Bo Mirosseni.

    From skate videos to surrealist shorts – sounds like the Californian dream of a new generation of directors who provide a brief and welcome escape from the daily grind with their 5 to 10-minute long stories. Take for example filmmaker Bo Mirosseni: after a childhood in Long Beach as part of the local skater scene, Bo first started to capture his friends’ skills and tricks with his camera, followed by music videos like last year’s Disclosure masterpiece “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, which shows US motivational coach and self-confessed hip-hop priest Eric Thomas whipping a bunch of freaks – and himself – into a beat-driven frenzy.

    Bo Mirosseni.

    From skate videos to surrealist shorts – sounds like the Californian dream of a new generation of directors who provide a brief and welcome escape from the daily grind with their 5 to 10-minute long stories. Take for example filmmaker Bo Mirosseni: after a childhood in Long Beach as part of the local skater scene, Bo first started to capture his friends’ skills and tricks with his camera, followed by music videos like last year’s Disclosure masterpiece “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, which shows US motivational coach and self-confessed hip-hop priest Eric Thomas whipping a bunch of freaks – and himself – into a beat-driven frenzy.

    The process of losing control.

    In Bo Mirosseni’s expressive short films, the characters invariably drive the plot. To provoke a visceral reaction, he places his protagonists in novel situations, putting them under increasing pressure until they progressively lose their cool and composure. His viewers can choose to become immersed in this loss of control – or simply lean back and enjoy the sheer humour and absurdity of the on-screen proceedings. Take the main character of “Maniac”, for example, who starts to explore ever-strange means to establish human contact – after spending 24 hours in a hotel complex that seems to host no other guests. In his latest short “Who’s Going To Stop Me” – part two of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives video series – Bo once again confronts the audience with a protagonist who is about to lose his mind, this time during the last-minute prep for a speech he has to give on modern luxury.

    Closed narratives vs. surrealism.

    “When someone seemingly so normal can become so crazy, well, I don’t know, that’s just really interesting to me – from a psychological and cinematic perspective”, the director explains the similarities between his characters and the appeal of a storytelling style where closed narrative structures give way to hyper-aesthetic surrealism and the characters’ constellation is not disclosed from the beginning.

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