A film exploring the nature of memory by retracing the history (remembered well & remembered poorly) of an artistic collaboration.
In 2008, Trey McIntyre Project began a collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band which resulted in the creation of 2 ballets, 15 jazz recordings, and 60 performances in 7 countries. These amazing artists coming together across disciplines to make something special was really worth documenting. And well... we didn't do it.
So we want to fix that. What we’re seeking to do, with your help, is return to New Orleans and uncover all of the bones and the steps that it took to bring this collaboration to the stage. The resulting feature-length documentary is titled Ma Maison, which is French for “My Home”.
We're not aiming to go back and merely report what happened, but rather examine the nature of memory itself, and turn that inside out. We want to see how our memories change, over time, as we revisit the past. We'll conduct interviews with the key and peripheral players of this collaboration and follow the trails of their memories, embracing the conflicts and embellishments of what took place. We will then bring these misplaced and changed recollections to life through a series of recreations. The forms could vary wildly: anything from animation and puppetry, to cooking shows or a musical segment.
Through this, the memories that people hold onto will become history. In the end, the hope is to loosen the grip on the idea we have that there is some factual representation of the past. And actually the more beautiful, poetic, and important part of this is: things that emotionally resonate with us are the ones that have meaning.
With this film, we want to really give you insight into the creative process. What it truly takes to get a work of art on the stage: both the creative journey and the clunky human one. And now we have the chance to highlight the creative process in the making of this film itself. One of the reasons we're bringing this project onto Kickstarter is the opportunity to include you from the start, before the first frame has been shot, and bring you along every step of the way.
Where will the money go?
Every dollar you pledge will have a direct impact on what makes it to the screen. Your contribution allows us to get our hands on cameras, lenses, hard drives, plane tickets, microphones, costumes, lights, puppets, and all of the little details it takes to get a film made.
How about the rewards?
As a backer, you'll get access to exclusive blog posts, images, and videos that will bring you along with us for every step of the filmmaking process.
One of the most sought-after choreographers and artists working today. Using dance and a variety of mediums to explore what it means to be human, McIntyre believes that the process of creating art—from the studio to the stage—is a metaphor for the journey of self-discovery. That exploration and discovery has inspired more than 90 works and high praise for its “singular connection between movement and spirit.” (Los Angeles Times)
McIntyre’s inventive combination of the ballet lexicon, his connection to music, and an unflinching examination of the human condition has resulted in exceptional artistry that has garnered him a number of awards and much acclaim. McIntyre was named a United States Artists Wynn Fellow, he received the Gold Medal of Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters, he received two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was the recipient of a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography. The Los Angeles Times called McIntyre a “bright light, a brainy ballet choreographer whose best works fuse visceral physicality with a deep and true humanism...” The Boston Globe wrote “In a field overflowing with aspiring dance makers, Trey McIntyre continues to stand apart from—and at times far above—the crowd.” The New York Times noted McIntyre as “one of the most singular choreographic minds working in ballet today."
Trey McIntyre Project
Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company led by the artistic vision of renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre. Since its founding in 2008, TMP has fast become one of the most celebrated dance companies throughout the country and abroad. Trey McIntyre creates highly athletic, innovative works rooted in exploration and discovery, resulting in dance that’s at once massively appealing, refreshingly relevant, and emotionally evocative. Known for its hallmark musicality and a distinct American voice, TMP uses the art of dance to break cultural boundaries and connect audiences on a basic, yet decidedly profound, human level. TMP’s unique approach expands art beyond the stage and into communities, where it has the power to reach people and touch lives.
TMP has been featured in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, and on PBS NewsHour, and has earned coast-to-coast acclaim from the likes of The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and more. Based in Boise, Idaho, TMP has graced the stages of prestigious venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Vail International Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall; TMP’s global tours have included China, Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director, Ben Jaffe, the son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues with a deep reverence and consciousness of its greatest attributes in the modern day as a venue, band, and record label.
The building that houses Preservation Hall has housed many businesses over the years including a tavern during the war of 1812, a photo studio and an art gallery. It was during the years of the art gallery that then owner, Larry Borenstein, began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall. The intimate venue, whose weathered exterior has been untouched over its history, is a living embodiment of its original vision. To this day, Preservation Hall has no drinks, air conditioning, or other typical accoutrements strictly welcoming people of all ages interested in having one of the last pure music experiences left on the earth.
One last thing
If we don't reach our goal of $18,000 by September 6th, we will not get any of the money our backers have contributed. So if you'd like to see this film become a reality, please help us spread the word.
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Every artistic pursuit has its challenges, and this project will be no exception. Right now Trey McIntyre Project is branching out. We’re jumping into new mediums and experimenting with different forms than we’re used to. So we guarantee you there will be challenges, but challenges are an important part of this project. We want to give you access to every aspect of the making of this film. We will bring you along with us for every stumble, and every success.
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