“I don’t want there to be a separation between myself and the persona I’m putting out for the film. I want it to be sort of one and the same. I want to stay as close and true to myself as possible. There are limitations to that, and there are barriers to presenting pure life onscreen, so there are constructions and recreations and liberties taken, but the goal is to get as close to me as possible and for the films to be as close to a documentary as possible.” – Kentucker Audley, via Indie Outlook
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here we have the ‘loose continuation’ of that film with Memphis-based filmmaker/actor Kentucker Audley’s 2012 sequel Open Five 2. An even more fascinating and affecting mix of fiction and documentary elements than its predecessor, Open Five 2 finds Audley shaping a (semi-fictionalized) narrative around another group of struggling artist friends — two of whom are in the process of finishing the editing of Open Five.
Once again, a road-trip is involved and the focus is mainly on character relationships, but the conflict and pain that were mostly in the periphery of the first Open Five film is explored by Audley this time with more depth and a level of intimate drama that achieves a naturalistic poignancy.