A ship of Human Skin is a gothic story about mysticism and violent crime. Two women go into the fringe of rural culture to seek a revelation. They fall into a dark trap, and one must do something drastic in order to save her friend. By turns serious and surreal, this is a far-reaching film that concerns friendship, bad luck, and the feminine aspect of god.
Praise for the film:
"A Ship of Human Skin was a big hit at our Alternative Fictions festival. Bailey has a way of making films that are deeply rooted in Texas life and culture. There is murder, drugs, all kinds of situations you might see in a dark, Texas tale. But Bailey's writing and directing speak to deep universal truths." --Bart Weiss, Artistic Director, Dallas VideoFest
"There’s a real sense of style with this film. It is one which is mostly brought out by the film’s technical elements: the project carries itself almost like a machine, one which is equipped with strange sounds, carefully shot sequences which are edited with purpose... it is a very creative micro-budget film, one which still feels as if it were reaching for larger heights..." --Ben Rider, Festival Director, the Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, London
From an interview with writer/director Richard Bailey in Glasstire:
"I enjoy talking about ghosts with people. It’s like we’ve come to some crack in the status quo and incorrigibly go about trying to widen it with talk of strange things."
Richard Bailey's films have shown at Alchemy Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, AVIFF Cannes, Bare Bones, Berlin Revolution, Black Maria, Blow-Up (Chicago Art House), Dallas VideoFest, KERA (PBS), Proyector International, SENE, SXSW, and many other festivals. Find out more at TropicPictures.com