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SCOTT JOHNSON | 7 MIN | CANADA | 2019 | 

A vivid exploration of the relationship between toxic male masculinity and the generational and psychological influences it has had on the filmmaker.

Scott Johnson is a Canadian filmmaker based in Regina, Saskatchewan. His work is driven by the need to challenge permeating philosophies and direct and signify avenues towards societal betterment in a diverse and multicultural society. Johnson’s films frequently deal with issues of mental-disorder, trauma and anxiety.

With influences as diverse as Kenneth Anger and Maya Duran, new synergies are generated from both explicit and implicit textures. What starts out as triumph soon becomes finessed into a carnival of mysticism, anxiety, and torment leaving only a sense of unreality and the unlikelihood of a new beginning. As shifting replicas become clarified through boundaried and diverse practice, the viewer is left with an epitaph for the possibilities of our future.

The intentions and motivations for this work were to create vivid examples of the toxicity of male masculinity through the generations within our culture and contrast them with my own personal experiences growing up around toxic environments and people. In particular, This work focuses on individual trauma’s that exist in our society such as gender anxiety and the crisis of masculinity that leads to violence and hate in our culture.