A Dangerous Cure tells the tale of "Savia (Malinda Walford) a fame obsessed tabloid journalist, [who] tries to find the cause and the cure of a life threatening epidemic that is ravaging New York City during the economic recession of 2001. Her journeys take her to various underworlds where she documents people’s opinion of epidemic death, technology, and how the media uses the whole crisis as a platform for glamour." When I asked Jarvis about his development and inspiration for Savia, he discusses how our technological, celebrity-driven world is desperately tied into economic capital, and what happens with the lack thereof:
Savia's character was inspired by the main character in Sam Fuller's film Shock Corridor (1963). In that film the character is a news reporter so driven to win a Pulitzer Prize that he commits himself into an insane asylum so he can try to solve a murder within the asylum. I changed things around by making Savia an out of work tabloid journalist who had just been laid off and was desperate for a job. She stumbles upon the epidemic and immediately sees the epidemic as a platform to getting fame. The fame aspect of her character came out of the rising reality TV stars that were starting to come out at the time I was writing.
|Malinda Walford as Savia (left)|
If you're in New Orleans, A Dangerous Cure is screening at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center TODAY at 7:00PM. Admission is $6.00.