Joe Borez

Commissioned by b-side

For b-side 2018 Joe Borez presents 'The Portland Lookalike Agency'

The Portland Lookalike Agency is a fictional agency that can provide celebrity lookalikes, whose fictional staff are drawn from the real residents of Portland. The function of the agency shall be recorded, and re-presented as a film.

"Over the last thirty years, Portland has weathered a steady economic decline, very low wages and diminishing abilities to socially climb. Celebrity status can be perceived as a short cut to prosperity.  This idea that ‘hope springs eternal’ is deep rooted in many people, this jagged juxtaposition between hope and realisation is what the film hopes to explore."