FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SARAH GERARD AND DAVID FORMENTIN RELEASE THE CINEMATIC TRAILER [Warning: NSFW] FOR GERARD’S NOVEL BINARY STAR, FORTHCOMING FROM TWO DOLLAR RADIO IN JANUARY 2015.
Filmmaker David Formentin, whose film Tzniut premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest Film Festival, conceived of the piece as a departure from traditional book trailers, which he considers an untapped visual medium.
“A book trailer can’t rely on any existing footage, so the text must be translated directly into visual imagery. The film’s content must be beholden to the spirit of the text, and Binary Star has too much spirit to condense into two-and-a-half minutes. I hope the film illustrates even a fraction of the book’s power.”
Formentin has also directed and edited music videos and commercials, and he and Gerard are currently planning two more trailers for Binary Star before the book’s release in January 2015.
Director: David Formentin, davidformentin.com
Text: Sarah Gerard, sarah-gerard.com
Model: Erica Jay, ericajay.tumblr.com/
"By now I’ve read Binary Star twice, and I’ve become so entwined with it that I’m reluctant to talk about the subject at length. Let me just say that I’ve never read anything like it.” - Harry Mathews
Anorexia is the desire to shed one’s body. It is the conflicting need to be seen while not wanting to be seen; the burning, overwhelming hunger that can’t be sustained but which must be. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn’t replenished. The total mass of her body is the principal determinant of her fate. She is held together by her own gravity.
Binary Star is told from the point of view of a nameless, anorexic woman in the grip of a dysfunctional relationship with an alcoholic boyfriend. They embark on a road trip around the U.S. that they hope will help them overcome their addictions. When they buy a book on veganarchism at a small bookstore in Portland, they think they’ve found the direction they’ve been looking for. Instead they discover, against their better intentions, that they can only fuel each others’ inevitable implosions.
Binary Star’s highly poetic style interweaves astronomical research with plot-driven prose in a taut, driven story that grasps the reader from the opening line, and pulls her into a bewildering, nihilistic, incomprehensible world. Fascinated, she cannot leave until the final line.
North American publisher: Two Dollar Radio, January 2015
Foreign rights contract: Adriann Ranta, Wolf Literary Services