PEPPER NEGRON'S ... IN STILLNESS I LIE
Anyone who has experienced deep love and the pain of its loss can easily relate to Tatiana's hopelessness as Pepper Negron translates it to film with In Stillness I Lie. It is darkness, it is sadness, it is desolation...all the feelings that wash over you when you realize that you have lost something so precious that will never return.
Before I was given the opportunity to view his short I was acquainted with the fact that Pepper Negron is a talented photographer with a keen eye. For this reason alone I was anticipating the film having no idea that it would touch me as it did. Upon watching it I discovered that my anticipation was not in vain. For not only was I treated to stunning images that held my eyes captive but I was led deep into a world where loneliness holds you hostage and you can find no reason to continue without the love you once held so close.
I have since viewed the film four times. This is mainly owed to the fact that I kept getting distracted by the photography so that I missed the narration...at least the first time.
So I watched it again. The subsequent viewings were simply because I enjoy it. Without speaking a word, actress Mercedes Lebron easily conveys her sense of loss through expression. And the precision of D.P. Edwin Pagan gives us a brief glimpse through Pepper's perceptive eyes as he tells a story far too many of us will find familiar.