"The quieter you become, the more you can hear" Ram Dass
The private screening Monday night of “Silent Treatment” by Constantine Venetopoulos was a stimulating and beneficial experience all around. The actual space of the event, The Peter Makebish Gallery in the West Village, was incredible. Low lighting, candles glimmering and lining the walls, walls of white, creating the effect of viewers showing up as the art and color in the room.
You got a sense that the décor was really the people. A statement piece as you showed up in a pop of flash amidst the white walls, and soft candles flickering against nothingness… of which ultimately housed endless potential. It also bore a resemblance to the soft, endless, whispery feeling of the movie. Folds of white tool fabrics, flowed, floated what looked like off the film screen and into the crowd whom with the fabric also slowly unraveled.
We were transported to another space and time and suddenly, we were amidst this conversation, our heart was so obvious in its color, beat and vibrancy against this back drop of white. A cool Autumn evening at a Highly Admired Art Gallery, the moon swollen, hung low as colored leaves danced upon the wind.
So who is this director who drew us all in? I found out in a one on one interview with him. Constantine is actually from Greece and has spent many years traveling, to find himself, to unearth the richness of his soul, his heART, his truth. He spent his college years in London studying Marketing, and then love drew him to NYC… a space which he spoke of fondly exclaiming that in a way, the city has shaped us all… that we show up as the paint to this pallet that is so completely “possible”. That’s a word I would definitely associate with this inspiring artist, a rising star I dare to say in the film industry. A silent partner in his family cruise ship business, Constantine has stayed committed to his family, is a product of his roots, and above all else, remains humble amidst his greatness.
Now, to the film… I’m writing it up as an inspired piece, “a visual poem” one that leaves you thinking. A tap into the physical, spiritual, and emotional psyche an intimate encounter with an inner dialogue, one left up for interpretation, which inevitably signals the viewer to embark upon a journey within their own heart. At some point in the film, you begin to ask questions…. Questions about the character(s), you want to know, who, what, when, why, where, and how… you’re seeking for some interpretation and resolution to happen, for some clarity even for the character, from an outside source… and then you realize, those answers don’t matter…. It’s not about the answers, it’s about the conversation… the internal dialogue that we have within ourselves, the same that the character was having in response to the feeling of being unseen, unheard, non communicated with, alone even…we can seek to the world for the response to all of those questions, we can look to these times of stagnation as punishment, OR we can listen… and open ourselves up to so much more. To the revelation of the answers to our soul… to the timed and honest response of our heart, a response that only comes from within us. This film brilliant captured both the emotion of the scenario as well as the dialogue that we have within ourselves during these emotions and moments.
“Abandonment is a language written in silence, a sort of death for the dead. Pain seeks refuge in poetry, yet loss is a brick wall we have to learn to walk through. Or we choose to remain in a loop. Silent Treatment is a visual poem that sheds light on just that… the wall” Constantine Venetopoulos
This is an inspired artist who we can expect to see more enlightened creations from, starting with the production of his first feature film “The Forum” to find out more about this talented artists and how you can get involved with his projects visit;
"The Forum" www.heremembers.org
Be a part of this inspired vision and the progression of this talented artists life.
by Ashley Davene