THE DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
"Although immigration is the main topic of Nectar, just like the nectar of a flower the film has many different textures, details, and layers."
Josh Kidd - Director
If you pick up a stone and throw it, I am sure it will land in the radius of a conversation or a reaction about immigration. Or the “immigration problem”, as some politicians like to label it. Whichever way you look at it, it’s very much like a trickling effect that is built safe within the confines of group identity. It still shocks me that people are more willing to identify themselves with these nationalistic labels before identifying themselves as being human. The immigration conversation seems to supply a lot of anger and confusion; the media propagates and manipulates truth for the sake of distracting, provoking and entertaining.
When the opportunity to direct my first feature film was presented to me by producer Freddie Connor, there was no better topic to approach than the one that is most current. Fellow filmmaker Tom Wilton gifted the original idea for Nectar to me. I then began growing the idea from the truths that I discovered and the experiences that I’ve had.
Nectar is a love story in the midst of the chaos in the current world. The film follows Nathan, a British musician, who is being deported from the U.S due to his visa expiring. A few days before Nathan is to depart from New York, he meets and falls in love with Vanessa, a Venezuelan immigrant. Vanessa has made a risky and dangerous decision whilst entering the States that is the centre point of the chaos. My objective is to reveal the human connection that we all share regardless of the craziness of our environment.
With the introduction of technology into civilization, it becomes clear that real human communication is fading away. Added to this is the constant confusion of the individual trying to exist in this world today, which results in chaos. These are the times we are living through; it becomes very clear to see in major cities. The individuals seem to be too self-involved to acknowledge the existence of another individual. If not used as a tool, smart phones are used as an arm’s length escape from the world, be it through social media, self-manipulated images, celebrity worship, media chaos, and games or 15 second videos. These mechanisms fuel the fire for a self-validated reality founded in consumerism, encouraged by capitalism. Art is a reflection of the world so now is as good a time as any to drive forward with a message.
I believe cinema to be one of the most powerful art forms; moving image is like a window for audiences to connect to a created reality through story. Within this reality, people can find themselves in the midst of a world they would never have been exposed to. Perhaps this is the magic of cinema. It is a way for us to educate our senses and give ourselves permission to be emotional whilst connecting with the characters in our own personal ways.
Going into this film as a debut feature film director, it became so important to make bold decisions. The current state of the industry with its formulaic capitalist model has too long had its day. I focused in on the art of storytelling and creating my own language in film. Before the first call of “Action!” I had already decided that the film was to be framed in a 4:3 aspect ratio. I made this choice when I realised that the tighter the ratio of the image, the more detail we are forced to pay attention to within the frame. This made it so much more important for me to choose the angles and the lenses wisely.
I considered at length the use of Black and White versus Colour. For a variety of reasons, I decided that the film was to be shot in Black and White. It helped me to portray the 2-dimensional lens which people use to view the world, whilst mirroring the constrained environment which the characters faced. I think that when viewers see a black and white image they are forced to use their imagination to sensorially create an understanding of the image they are experiencing. This allows the viewers to create a line linking imagination to reality.
I was very blessed to work with an incredible cast of actors whom I respect and admire. Each actor brought something truly unique to the film and presented strength in the craft of acting. The DOP, Guillermo Barreira, followed the story through frames that were paintings, whilst Elliott Cuff, who was the head of sound, put his attention on capturing the sound of the film in a rhythmic form. I learned a tremendous amount from this journey; namely, that trusting in the collaboration of the creative process allows us all to be on the same page whilst bringing our talent and our knowledge into the universe of the story that we are serving.
Although Immigration is the main topic of Nectar, just like the nectar of a flower the film has many different textures, details and layers. Sure, Nathan’s struggle to stay in New York and Vanessa’s struggle to be in New York are the vibrational points of their emotions. But Nathan’s journey to express truth through music and Vanessa’s journey to presently understand life and its riddles are also main points of focus. This is a love story centred in the current streams of chaos. The rivers of this story pour from mountains of truth finding a poetic language that covers universal themes, whilst also exploring existential ideas and philosophical needs.
I’m excited for you all to experience Nectar.
British musician (Nathan) is forced to leave New York due to his visa expiration. In his final days, he meets and falls in love with Vanessa, who has just entered the U.S. and is trafficking drugs in hopes of giving her family in Venezuela a better life.
Afraid of being caught for illicit trade, she decides to flee from the cartel. As the two immigrants yearn to love freely, they are threatened with their lives and met with chaos at every point.
Nathan and Vanessa strive to escape a formidable sequence of events involving drug smuggling, deportation, and organized trafficking in New York.
A British musician falls in love with a Venezuelan trafficker in New York City. When they decide to flee from the cartel, the two immigrants are threatened with their lives and choose to fight for love against chaos.