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Title of vid: Never Be
Vidder: tearful eye
Recipient: ghost lingering
Fandom: Criminal Minds (TV)
Music: "Scarred" by Johnette Napolitano
Summary: 'in every dream i dream is you.' - women of criminal minds, being a victim does not mean you are defeated.
Warning: Violence.
Length: 2:28 (signed)

Signed vid post [LJ; streaming and download available].


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Jan. 15th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)

SOMETIMES THEY KICK THEIR ATTACKERS IN THE FACE. (I knew I'd like the show when I saw the *first episode* and the woman with duct tape over her face who is *tied up* kicks her captor in the face and then manages to get out of the boat. You have no idea how excited I was to see her kick him in the face in this vid. Best clip ever.)

I know that this was a really difficult prompt, because even when women being victims are fighting back it is hard to show that, sometimes, esp w/o dialogue, but god, you did it so well and the beginning and the end, when even the dead still have eyes and agency and stories and lives and EEEEEE. This is so fucking amazing.

Probably will be back to babble more later. EEEEEEEE. THEY FIGHT BACK.
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
in which I offer tl;dr feedback -- Pt. 1
I keep trying to watch all the vids, but can't because I keep having to rewatch this vid, because it is the best of the best of the best and I love it so much. (Which is as it should be, I guess, since it was made for me. Except that even if it wasn't I think it would still be the best. Because it is. The best.)

It's really hard for me to articulate why I love this. I think I love it in part for the reasons that I can only half like "Women's Work"; in that women are two things: victims and objects of sexual desire—sometimes at the same time. Oh they are also mothers and girlfriends, but those are roles which slot in nicely with the two primary things. And when they resist that—in the only way that they seem able—by becoming demons or ghosts or "bad girls", well. They still get killed. And they are still sexualized.

And I like "Women's Work", I do. I like what it points out about the media that we love, but that is so imperfect, but every time I watch I think—I want the show that *doesn't* do this. That doesn't sexualize the victims. I want the vid about the victims being able to *fight back*. I want the vid about the women being … women, not just avatars for sex and violence. (Also, and this is my own thing, but "Women's Work" is more meta, more about the *way* that the story is told. And so I find it convincing but not as viseral. Watching it is more … intellectual, not emotional, for me.)

But for the longest time I had no earthly idea what show could give me the vid I wanted. A multifandom vid, maybe, but a show? That does that as consistantly as SPN does that other thing consistantly? Yeah, right, like that exists. How could it exist? If a woman is a victim, especially a victim of a sexualized crime, how in the world could what I'm describing even be possible to shoot?

But Criminal Minds, this smart little procedural about serial killers, manages to do it. Despite the fact that body count is more women than men. Despite the fact that many of the crimes have a sexual component. CM manages to do what SPN consistantly fails at: somehow the victims of sexualized crimes aren't sexualized by the cameras; when they fight back it means something; when they scream for help it isn't for effect, it's not simply because they are scared, it's for survival, it's because someone might hear them, it's because they are not giving up; and, most importantly, they are given lives. And while their stories drive Our Heroes stories, their stories don't end, not even at death, because what they say, what their bodies say—that's a story that still matters. And their stories when they are alive, those matter too.

And this vid gets all of that. And here's where I get incoherent because … all of that is background to why I wanted this vid, why a vid like this is something that I've craved for a really long time. But that was just … that was me craving this platonic ideal of the vid, not, you know, the vid that you have made and posted here. And this vid, this vid that you have made, I like it *better* than any idea I had, because you go beyond what I was imagining.
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
holy shit, this is just AMAZING. visually so beautiful, and you just capture something so essential and slippery about the show, and the women--I cannot even tell you how awesome this vid is. I am so in love with it and I will not sleep right until I can download it. *g*
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
eeh, thank you so so much!
i love vids as a medium to focus on aspects of a show/movie that are difficult to show otherwise - i'm so happy this worked for you.
& i hope you'll manage to sleep a little better, now that there is a download available, *g*
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
So awesome. I could remember every episode from those clips and this vid was assembled so well and the music worked too.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
you can? wow, i'm impressed :D i re-watched the whole series & am already forgetting in which ep everything was again...
anyway, thank you! i'm so glad you liked this.
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
This was really well put together: everything seemed to work together. Victim, agressor, fighting back. It was exactly what makes CM such an awesome show.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! it makes me very happy that this worked for you.
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
This was really hard to watch and really brilliantly conceived and edited!!!!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
oh, thank you so much!
this series gives us so much emotional, disturbing footage for this subject... it was also hard to vid this. i'm very glad it worked for you :)
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
GODDAMN. GODDAMN THIS IS AMAZING. *keyboard smash* The song, jfc, is magnificent and the -- how the hell did you do this?! YES, yes to EVERY SECOND OF THIS. omg.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
EEh, thank you!! i'm so so happy that this worked for you, ♥
& this song just kinda hit me when i heard it - the voice is so raw and intense... i just, i had to use it.
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
This is beautiful and scary as hell - I was totally creeped out.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
heh, yeah. the subject alone is already so dark - i was a bit worried about vidding this... but i'm glad the emotions came across. thank you!
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
I'm saying this a lot with these vids, but WOW. This is just so powerful and riveting. It send chills down my spine. Wow.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
It send chills down my spine. Wow.

thank you so much!
i'm so glad this worked for you.
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
One of the things I like best about CM is that the women often fight back - and survive because of it - and this captures that really well.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
One of the things I like best about CM is that the women often fight back

yeah, me too.
thank you! i'm very happy that this vid works for you - it was difficult to make, but i really wanted to capture everything cm has to say about the subject...
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Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!
i'm really glad that this worked for you.
Jan. 15th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, amazing. Really well-edited and beautiful and powerful.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
aw, thank you so much!
Jan. 15th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Christ, that was hard to watch, but I'm really glad I did. Thank you for making it, whoever you are.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
heh, it was also hard to vid!
& thank you for watching and commenting :)
Jan. 15th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Wow!! It's so hard to watch but for all the right reasons. It is such a sophisticated use of the source that it absolutely does not matter that I don't watch the show because none of the main characters are even in it. I ache for these women and admire their resilience. Awesome!
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
thanks so so much, again. it really means a lot to me that you liked it!

it absolutely does not matter that I don't watch the show because none of the main characters are even in it.

YES. i loved doing a vid like that - the subject doesn't really require any knowledge of the source at all... it's something that everyone can (hopefully) understand.
Jan. 15th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Absolutely fantastic--I don't even watch the show and it drew me in.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!
i think it's a subject that doesn't really require any source-knowledge at all... so i'm very glad to hear that this worked for you :)
Jan. 15th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
That was amazingly well done.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
thank you! :)
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