"Excess Flesh" Director Talks Art, Horror & Human Subjectivity

Last Sunday we interviewed Patrick Kennelly, producer and writer of brand-new horror movie, Excess Flesh, which saw its debut at SXSW this year; it has been gracing cinemas around the world for the past several months, with the official theatrical premier held in LA on October 22nd.

 An intense movie still from  Excess Flesh . Photo used with permission.

An intense movie still from Excess Flesh. Photo used with permission.

We spoke to Patrick about what inspired him, his thought-processes when writing, and how gross it really was to film on a set consisting predominantly of trash and food. Patrick also talks about Excess, a multi-faceted event/party organised to coincide with the LA premier, featuring live music, live art (literally), and a whole lot of political incorrectness to boot – to check out some of the music and photos from the evening, head over to the Facebook events page. As with most of Patrick’s artistic outputs, there is constantly a strong theme of exploring issues of social, cultural and personal identity.

Feature movies aside, Patrick also has music-video experience, with one of his latest directorial works being the, “Body & Blood,” video for LA rap group Clipping.. It’s really quite impressive, and watching it is starting to give us a real sense of Patrick’s style – unapologetic and bold; raw and completely humanistic.

Patrick is Co-Artistic Director at Highways Performance Space, as well as the founder and producer of U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D, a project dedicated to “live and remote Outer-disciplinary spectacle, horror, glamour, and social justice”. To stay up-to-date with Patrick and his work, and to be in on a chance of catching his next event, keep an eye out on his website, www.patrickkennellyunmarked.com, and follow him on the good ol’ Twitter.

 The "Self-Abortion" scene at LA's  Excess  event, held October 22nd 2015. Photo courtesy of  Excess Flesh, LLC.

The "Self-Abortion" scene at LA's Excess event, held October 22nd 2015. Photo courtesy of Excess Flesh, LLC.

 Another scene from the massive spectacle that was  Excess,  October 22nd 2015. Photo courtesy of  Excess Flesh, LLC.

Another scene from the massive spectacle that was Excess, October 22nd 2015. Photo courtesy of Excess Flesh, LLC.

 More social and personal analyses at LA's  Excess  event. Photo courtesy of  Excess Flesh, LLC.

More social and personal analyses at LA's Excess event. Photo courtesy of Excess Flesh, LLC.

For those who want a little more info on Excess Flesh, head over to the website and check out their Facebook page.

Patrick Kennelly's Top 5 Horror Movies

            [in chronological order]
1. Freaks (1932, Tod Browning)
2. Repulsion (1965, Roman Polanski)
3. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
4. Come and See (1985, Elem Klimov)
5. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky)

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Posted on November 18, 2015 and filed under SUM2.