Michele O'Marah, ‘Valley Girl’, 2002, Anat Ebgi

Valley Girl is a full-length re-make of Martha Coolidge's film from 1983. Taking three years to complete, this piece continues O'Marah's interest in deconstructing mass-media while dealing with the issues of producing a feature-length narrative Hollywood film on one's own. Choosing Valley Girl for nostalgic purposes and for its excessively familiar "love conquers all" plot line, O'Marah's piece is a study in the success and failure of attempting to create a film without the benefits of a budget, crew, or professional actors. Using a cast of friends and artists and hand-crafting the sets and props used in the production, O'Marah's film, like her two previous pieces, challenges systems of storytelling with earnest criticality.
Courtesy of Breanna & Griffin

About Michele O'Marah

American, b. 1967, based in Los Angeles, California