2002 Video Variable dimensions. Duration: 12:38m
Mail Order Brides/M.O.B.
For over fifteen years, Reanne “Immaculata” Estrada, Eliza “Neneng” Barrios, and Jenifer “Baby” Wofford have worked collaboratively as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a trio of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing conversation with culture, race and gender. While other mail order brides are conventionally perceived as ideal obedient domestics, it has not escaped this trio’s attention that, acronymically speaking, “Mail Order Brides” abbreviates down to a more sinister sequence of initials that informs the darker subtext of their operations.
They have taken matters into their own well-manicured hands, using their innate graciousness, guile, and great fashion sense to gently pry open the eyes of the closed-minded. They have enforced this enlightenment through a cornucopia of clever creations, including karaoke videos, museum makeovers, photographic psychodramas, parade performances, public service posters, and professional bridesmaid services.
M.O.B. “hits” have included the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Southern Exposure Museum/Art Gallery in San Francisco, California; the San Jose Museum of Art and the Triton Museum of Art in San Jose, California; McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; Green Papaya Art Projects in Manila, Philippines; and the Oakland Lunar New Year Parade in Oakland California. Their video screenings include the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the New York Mix Festival and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
They are committed to making the world a more delicious and harmonious place.
Mail Order Bride of Frankenstein is the world’s first, best, and perhaps only Southern Gothic, neo-noir, pseudo-silent karaoke horror film. It is the third film in M.O.B.’s Karaoke Trilogy , following What Now My Love and Holiday. It was filmed entirely on location in the new-Romanesque former church now known as the McColl Center for Visual Art, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Set to the classic feel-good sing-along “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Mail Order Bride of Frankenstein serves as a chilling yet highly melodic parable on why it’s generally unwise to buy love online, some assembly required.
- Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
- Based: San Francisco, CA, USA