HEART GRENADE (16mm color, 25 min.) is a hybrid narrative / dance short, directed by Hanul Bahm and executive produced by Guy Maddin. The film is a cinematic and choreographic interpretation of Pharoah Sanders' jazz instrumental, "Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord."
The film traces the waking and dream life a counter worker at a 24 hour Los Angeles donut shop, and the night creatures he serves: transgendered sex workers, a cab driver, day laborers, etc. Each encounter shifts him this particular night. Exhausted, he gets off of work and boards a bus to go home. On the bus, he's overtaken by an inner vision. This part is choreographed by Jay Jackson and set in the West Fork of the San Gabriel River.
The Pharoah Sanders song can be found in 3 parts on YouTube. This is the live, 1971 version recorded in Nice, France. Pharoah has granted his personal blessing to interpret his song.
Part I: http://youtu.be/NKXtlCgBq-k
Part II: http://youtu.be/9Bfc-tmyZKk
Part III: http://youtu.be/sPDMi81dim0
Assistant Director: Gorav Kaylan
Line Producers: Hui-Eun Park, Christopher Ruiz
Executive Producer: Guy Maddin
Cinematographer: Nobert Shieh
1st Assistant Camera: Wey Wang
2nd Assistant Camera: Rasika Ruwanpathirana, Kwesi Johnson
Ensemble of Shooters: Amir Manesh, Beaux Mingus, Daniel Hui, Jahcobie Cosom, Thorbjorg Jonsdottir, Hanul Bahm
Gaffer: Michael Meehan
Grips: Abraham Osuna, Amir Manesh, Ian Samuels
Production Assistants: Vashti Harrison, Kelly Sun Kim
Sound Recordists: Rich Gavin, Carly Short, Alex Herboche
On Location Sound Tech: Mitchell Hampton
Sound Mixer: Nathan Ruyle
Production Designer: Miriam Jones
Costume Designer: Alex Navarro
Costume Assistants: Jac Adair, Emily Black
Production Consultant: Markos Keyto
Stylists: Kelly Sun Kim, Megan Therese Rippey
Lighting Designer: Shelly Rodriguez
Dancers: Bianca Stephanie Mendoza, Lindsay Newton, Chrissy Caimares, Kerrie Schroeder
Dance Stage Manager: Araceli Lemos
Crew Stage Manager: Megyn Cawley
Players: Christian Gibbs, Janice Pak, Donald Berman, Gilbert Molina, Jazzmun Nichalo Crayton, Mai Abe, Leslie Monroy, Charles Burnett, Ramak Fazel, Leslie Monroy, Paul Rhyu, Leo Hobaica, Jr., Eang Cheng, et. al.
- (21 days)