Juicebox P. Burton is a black, trans-fem multi-disciplinary artist living in New Orleans. She is a world-builder who framed narratives of trauma in the context of horror and sci-fi in order to heal the collective spirit of the black community. Her work gains its power from its self-taught nature, fostering the collaboration of other BIPOC creators whose collective story combats the aristocratic gatekeeping of the mainstream art industry.
In 2017 Juicebox became co-owner of Studio Lalala, a Black and trans mixed media production company that actively redistributes resources to marginalized folks through the sourcing of shared equipment, warehouse space, job opportunities, and skill sharing, comprised of cinematographers, set builders, and special effects artists and gives jobs to BIPOC queer people to collectively produce their visions.
The connecting body through the film, Demarcation, is a character called She-Nut. A female entity that is projected as a visualization of a woman that transcends this world we call Earth.. We are connected to her lived experience which is told through her eyes and sometimes her body. Malcolm X said “The most disrespected person in America is a black woman. The most unprotected person in America is a black woman. The most neglected person in America is a black woman” This truth is shown through the alarmingly high assault and murder rates of black trans women. She-Nut embodies trans women who don't fit into societal norms because of how she looks. We are drawn into her mind twisted by the repeated hate and disrespect of her existence. Her reality fits, sadly, perfectly in this horror film.
The first installment of She-Nut's Lyrical Fantasy called Demarcation
A Studio Lalala Production birth by Juicebox P. Burton, Maya Pen and Alli Logout
a FUTUREHOOD CLASSIC
Demarcation is a horror film composed of 4 vignettes set to original music. It expands on core issues of adversity in the black community "Same Shiit, Different Bae” chronicles cycles of abuse, “Spanked” portrays our fight for revolution, “Condoleeza” highlights the threat of assimilation to white supremacy and “Blown Out” reflects on drug abuse in the queer community . This film's lens of horror allows all viewers to connect through a bond of distress that consciously affects everyone. The film’s purpose is to utilize fear to bind the apathetic reactions individuals have when they haven’t experienced the same types of pain.
Demarcation is a departure from the televised trauma porn that highlights black death as a means to evoke empathy from the privileged. This movie illustrates that love, pain, and death doesn't need to embody Black Americans. The stories can revolve around a race of aliens, zombies or monsters and use this parallel universe as a mirror to reality.
Demarcation takes the present complex psychological and ancestral trauma and uses discomfort as an agent to trigger every viewer equally. Drawing comparisons from the theory of economic, social and racial intersections, Demarcation utilizes create power structures with each vignette. At times mirror oppression and injustice that is unfortunately a large part of my existence. The emotional scars created through black people’s lived experience create unrelenting agony. This film taps into a digestible variation of this torment.