Part I is a shocking award winning short doc about a father’s voyeuristic obsession with his daughter. Part II probes more.
ABOUT THE FILM
The Marina Experiment Part I is an award-winning documentary short made from an astonishing one-of-a-kind archive of over 10,000 photographs, Super 8 and reel-to-reel audiotape interrogations made by my father during my upbringing in 1960s and 1970s Manhattan. Stalking me with cameras and audio recording devices, he documented the emotional violations I endured as a child under his direction. Part I has been featured at more than thirty film festivals worldwide, garnering eight awards so far including Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Screenplay.
A glut of information about The Marina Experiment Part I, as well as the 18-minute film itself, can be found at http://themarinaexperiment.com
THE MARINA EXPERIMENT WILL ULTIMATELY BE A FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY COMPRISED OF THREE SHORT FILMS
Part I is an award winning one-of-a-kind documentary about a father’s voyeuristic obsession with his daughter. As the daughter and the filmmaker, I present the evidence.
Part II will exhibit further evidence. I will discuss feelings of loss, regret and forgiveness. I want to address control and power, and the consequences of a childhood bereft of love. My intention is to use the archive to meditate on a larger set of questions.
Part III will showcase a carefully selected jury who experience voyeurism, surveillance, emotional abuse, objectification and memories in different ways than I have. They will be asked to comment on the archive from the perspective of their own life experience, and to discuss problems confronting them that the archive has brought to the surface. My belief is that our combined perspectives will initiate debate, giving others and myself greater overall knowledge.
As a feature length film, The Marina Experiment will reveal a deeply human story about a little girl who somehow managed to keep her spirit intact through a childhood of parental voyeurism, humiliation, exploitation and deprivation. Her exceptional resilience kept her afloat, ultimately enabling her to access the creative ability her parents never acknowledged, to generate an inspirational self-reflective movie told in a direct, aesthetically challenging and possibly uncomfortable way.
The Marina Experiment will be a feature film that is not afraid of rejection.
Funds raised via your support will go directly towards the pre-production budget for the film. This includes digitizing the existing 35mm slides, the original reel to reel audio tapes and more Super 8 footage. Depending on quantity and quality, this alone can run upwards of $8000. If we exceed our pre-production budget goal, then all proceeds will go toward the production budget. While this project will certainly require funding beyond what’s raised here on Kickstarter,any and all initial support will get Part II underway.
Mick Harvey, who did the music for Part I, will create original music for Part II, provided I can raise the money to pay him. Meanwhile, I will drop his name in case it helps raise the money. Speaking of namedropping, Mick is a long time collaborator of Nick Cave as well as PJ Harvey, whose new CD "Let England Shake" he co-produced. Often referred to as a “brilliant multi-instrumentalist,” Mick has received much acclaim for his film scores, including Chopper (2000) and Deliver Us From Evil (2006), which was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Anyone who has ever experienced or sought to understand disturbing, but subtle, sexual impropriety at the hands of their own family members will find The Marina Experiment to be convincing evidence that validates their own experience, or prompts further investigation.
After The Marina Experiment’s premiere on national television, I received an email that sums up much of the initial reaction: “I just saw your film. It is shocking, and disturbing. I'm completely stunned you have been able to come out publicly with this; you are incredibly strong. My mother and I both experienced something incredibly similar, my grandfather was a professional photographer, and as I have found out over the last several a years, a less than scrupulous man. Thank you for making this film, I had no idea anyone else had experienced anything at all like I had. I'm sorry this happened to you, but happy that you've shared your story.”
Part I continues to screen in venues all over the world and airs nationwide via The Documentary Channel, primarily available through satellite television services DISH Network (Channel 197) and DIRECTV (Channel 267).
The Marina Experiment Part I received a NY Times Critic’s Pick when it premiered on The Documentary Channel http://www.themarinaexperiment.com/wp-content/uploads/TME%20NYT%20pick.jpg
The highly regarded French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema compared my film to Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom.” A full translation of the article can be downloaded at http://themarinaexperiment.com/wp-content/uploads/CahiersDuCinema%20translation%20FINAL.pdf
“… eighteen extraordinary and exciting minutes. Rarely has found footage revealed so many intimate issues.” - Thierry Méranger, Cahiers Du Cinema
“… a chilling document of psychological abuse and fractured survival.” - John Ginn, daVinci Film Festival
“… disturbing echoes of “Capturing the Friedman’s” and Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom.” - Glenn Lovell, Film Critic/Author http://cinemadope.com/
“…a stunning and deserving film.” - Mike Everleth, Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film http://www.badlit.com/...
“Powerful in it’s simplicity.” - James Vincent Colbert, Screenwriter
“Your film is astonishing. I love it, really sad, witty and poignant. Has moments where I felt like I was being indoctrinated.” - Jane Pollard, http://www.iainandjane.com/
“… controversial and overwhelmingly powerful ... it brought tears to my eyes.” - Paul Hawkins & Dug Degnin
“… eerie and infinitely fascinating … intelligent and absolutely unique…” - Mads Mikkelsen, CPH:DOX
I am profoundly grateful for your encouragement, financial and otherwise.
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SPECIAL THANKS mention in the credits for The Marina Experiment Part II plus The Marina Experiment postcard (a special edition) signed by Marina and mailed to you the old fashioned way - THANK YOU!
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All that plus a DVD of The Marina Experiment Part I and a referral to Marina’s therapist.
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All that plus a gorgeous single use Rollei retro 400 B&W film camera, because a picture is worth a thousand words!
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All that plus a set of 6 postcards featuring the vintage cheesecake shots of my mother from The Marina Experiment Part I (you can see two of them in the project description on the left) and a Skype call from Marina (camera ON) to thank you personally for your contribution. I will laugh at all your jokes.
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All that plus a tarot card reading by Marina. She’s very good. If you are not in New York she can do this via Skype.
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All that plus a Chinese Cheongsam dress for a little girl, just like the one Santa didn’t bring Marina in Part I.
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All that plus a vintage 1970's shoebox style cassette tape recorder so you can tell us from beginning to end everything that's happened to you, not for us to know, but for you to know 10 or 20 years from now. (If you've seen The Marina Experiment Part I, you might find this funny). You’ll also get a signed issue of the highly regarded French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema with her interview in it (while copies last).
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All that plus GAMBLER Credit on Part II and drinks with Marina. She may or may not show up. We’ll also throw in a copy of a 1993 letter from Playboy, rejecting Marina as a Playmate candidate. You can ask her questions about this time in her life. She may or may not answer them. You will also get four tickets to a screening of Part II closest to your hometown, provided there is a screening.
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All that plus ART COLLECTOR Credit on Part II and an 8 x 10 print of the naked photograph Marina sent to Playboy. Is it art or is it pornography? Marina thinks its art. She will also give you a set of 6 postcards featuring her father’s luscious 1940’s stripper photographs from The Marina Experiment Part I (you can see two of them in the project description on the left).
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All that plus EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Credit on The Marina Experiment Part II and a DVD of Marina’s barely seen first film, a four minute documentary called “Vagina is for Lovers” that explores the miseries of child rearing. You also get to have dinner with Marina in New York City, or in Paris, if you happen to be there April, 2, 3 or 4. (This does not include travel and lodging).
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A TRIP TO ZAMBIA to visit South Luangwa National Park and stay at the Mfuwe Lodge where wild elephants roam through the lobby. No. Wait. I just put this here because someone else was offering it and I thought it was funny. If you want to give this much money, please make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies http://www.wmm.com/filmmakers/sponsored_projects.aspx?cmd=fm&id=1#1297
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