The Award Winning, internationally acclaimed film, Sodium Babies is a gripping ride into the world of vampires as seen through the eyes of Dead Dog, a ghoul eternally trapped in servitude to the Prince of Vampires. Dead Dog (Benoit Decaillon) is shackled by the insanely domineering Ghoul, Max. He is trained to slaughter innocent humans to satisfy the ever blood thirsty Prince of Vampires. After 30 years of grueling service, Dead Dog longs to free himself from the brutal madness of his unending life. When he meets Pussy Cat - a beautiful, mysterious girl - Dead Dog at last finds meaning for his existence and struggles to set himself free.
Sodium Party follows Claire through a harrowing childhood to university where she meets Danny, a frequently intoxicated photographer who exposes her to real life through a cocktail of love and drugs. Their relationship is tested when ghosts of Claire's tumultuous past manifest through super 8 home movie footage causing her world to unravel.
A tumultuous day in the life of a mixed bag of students at a poor government school on the Cape Flats called John Shelby High.
Writes Viola: "Sodium Vapor was recorded over a period of several weeks in the hours between one and five in the morning on the streets of an industrial area in lower Manhattan. The title derives from an interest in the particular qualities of sodium vapor street lighting — its characteristic color temperature, the shadows it casts, and the eerie quality it seems to impart to the objects it illuminates. The essence of the work is the spell which the hour has over the physical spaces of the streets in the early morning. There is always the unseen presence of the large number of people surrounding you, most of them sleeping; the camera is awake in their dreamtime. The recording of these locations in the middle of the night rather than in daylight represents a transformation — like figure/ground reversal — of these physical spaces from the familiar thoughts and activities of the day to the nighttime shadows of emptiness and obscurity."
This moving-image work was shot on Super-8 film and transferred to digital video and then projected in a continuous loop onto a curtain to give the illusion of a window.
A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.