In an age where people define themselves through their polished appearances, personal styles and tastes in things, creating an identity is easier than before. But the feeling of “fitting in” is even more difficult. And when people are content to adopt other people’s personalities in the hope of fitting in, when the desperation grows, it can sometimes take a dark turn.
Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Installer explores the idea of identity and authenticity and the hopes of fitting into the independent Columbus music scene (in which the film actually takes place, using real artists and bands to create the world). It’s a captivating place to place the film, being a place where art and expression is so creative and unique, with the cool hipsters that make it up.
It’s these cool hipsters from this underground music scene that captivate Lennon (newcomer Sylvie Mix), a low-key indie music fan who attends shows in basements and warehouses with a wide-eyed admiration for these artists. Hidden behind her big headphones and heavy backpack, Lennon uses her podcast as a way to meet these artists and step into their lives, capturing their conversations and quirky thoughts in cassette catalogs she obsessively collects. .
Such an artist as Lennon befriended is Bobbi Kitten, singer of indie pop duo Damn The Witch Siren (who plays a version of herself), and a friendship blossoms between the two. As Lennon becomes more comfortable with Bobbi and her new artist friends – all of whom continue to inspire her with their original thoughts and art, which she secretly records along the way – she also begins. to share his writing and his “original” songs in the hope of going further. his own art. That is, until it is revealed that Lennon’s work might not be as original as it claimed.
A feature debut by directors Ori Segev and Noah Dixon, Installer looks like a unique hybrid of Ingrid goes west for the independent music scene. The director duo creates a sense of thriller and suspense elements around the concept of someone faking their past to fit in. Newcomer Sylvie Mix in the lead role of Lennon, with her calm but captivating performance, is fascinating and her presence in the film feels like a real find.
To this end of ‘discovery’, perhaps the coolest thing about Installer is that Segev and Dixon know the Columbus underground music scene so well and present real bands and music throughout the film. Through interspersed with a wide variety of these genuine artists and groups throughout history and see their performances live, Installer feels even more real and gives a fun sense of exploring music that fans of indie and underground music will totally enjoy.
Installer ended up adopting elements of a psychological thriller that made me think of Somnambulist, although it doesn’t quite go to the same dark depths that I was hoping for. The ultimate world it creates though, and its introduction to this awesome brand new group of talented filmmakers, actors and musicians is enough for me to recommend this film to all my hip and taste-maker friends.