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A 16mm experimental dance film collaboration that invokes the spaces of Vaudeville through a Dada/Surrealist eye.
A 16mm experimental dance film collaboration that invokes the spaces of Vaudeville through a Dada/Surrealist eye.
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Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce my newest film collaboration with Shona Masarin. Shona is a New York City based Australian film artist whose work involves the physical, alchemical, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations. We met for the first time this fall and now are plunging ahead with our first ever film collaboration. Yes folks, film not video, on 16 mm black and white film stock! We are so excited for you to get involved, learn about what we are creating, and help us make this project a reality!

Our film invokes the spaces of Vaudeville through a Dada/Surrealist eye. These worlds share aspects of humor, oddity, and slapstick. Through a conjuring of these forms, we want to bridge the divide between “art” and “entertainment” by creating a new visual language that combines these aesthetics, summoning new possibilities of magic, humor, pathos, and ephemerality.

Inspired by ghost towns, silent era clown films, voguing, slapstick, and eccentric dance, the ghosted figures in Ghost line conjure a vaudevillian past as traces – remnants; as if rising from the dust, transmitting signals of light and shadow.

Our film will not attempt to represent any of these forms or histories, but instead summon them through a practice of imagining. The filmic space will be amorphous and mysterious, with the ability to mimic our shapeshifting character’s visual and kinetic rhythms. Using the body and the anatomy of the film strip as the physical testing site for these multiple identities, we will use a practice of “ghosting” the past to contact the depths of our historical collective unconscious.

Bringing these images out from under the dust requires currency!  We are looking forward to exploring the depth of what we can visually conjure.  And what you can help us conjure! 

Let us tell you a little bit more about this project:

Ghost line is a 16mm b&w experimental film and a collaboration between performer/choreographer, Cori Olinghouse and experimental filmmaker, Shona Masarin. The film plays with abstract patterns, rhythms, and alchemical techniques to conjure a lost world.  It begins with a vaudevillian preparing to perform for a nonexistent audience.  We find ourselves in an old theater, shut down and eroding - vaudeville has been long forgotten - a relic of the past. A ghosted character conjures a series of vaudevillian line drawings.   Summoning this lost history through a non-sequitur channeling of multiple characters and personalities, we imagine "lines" of history on a fragile emulsion.

About us

Cori Olinghouse is a New York-based choreographer, teacher, and archivist whose work explores the shapeshifting capacities of the body in relationship to creativity, health, and culture.  She was a member of the Trisha Brown Company, a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and has performed with Bill Irwin, among others. 

“Olinghouse performed with Trisha Brown for four years and, more recently, with Bill Irwin. If those two had a kid together, it might have thought like her (especially if it had begun to study voguing)…What Olinghouse has quite entrancingly deconstructed is the notion of calculated expertise, efficient timing, and showmanship.”  -Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice  

Shona Masarin is a New York City based Australian film artist whose work involves the physical, alchemic, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations.

“Some come close to pure abstraction…the uninhibited play with colour, light and texture in Shona Masarin's Behind My Mouth, Beneath My Lips, on My Eyes, where scratched fragments of material drift by like off-cuts from a dressmaker's workshop.”  -Jake Wilson, “Festival’s Reel Time Experiment,” The Age, April 29. 2010

Stills from past films by Shona Masarin

Ghost line collaborators

  • Film by Shona Masarin and Cori Olinghouse
  • Ghost lines originally conceived by Cori Olinghouse
  • Cinematography and Editing by Shona Masarin
  • Choreography and Performance by Cori Olinghouse
  • Guest appearance by Eva Schmidt
  • Costume Design by Andy Jordan
  • Sound Design by Jake Meginsky

For more information about our Ghost line – the film, please visit us online at: http://ghostlinesproject.tumblr.com/

To see our most recent test footage, click here!

Prizes - sneak preview!  

ONE-OF-A-KIND!  A limited edition digital print (three separate photographs available), signed and framed, by Andy Jordan!  http://www.andyjordan.net/

(Above) Past graphics by artist Andrew Hurst

ONE-OF-A-KIND! Limited edition signed "Ghost line" poster by Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin!  www.andrewhurst.com

ONE-OF-A-KIND!  Original, signed costume sketch by Andy Jordan!  http://www.andyjordan.net/

ONE-OF-A-KIND!  A limited edition digital print, signed and framed, by Lauren Simkin Berke!  http://www.simkinberke.com/

Thank you for your interest and support!  Please join us in our Kickstarter campaign by funding, however big or small, our efforts to create Ghost line!

All the money raised through Kickstarter will go directly to the costs of making our film (cost of stock, processing, editing, post production, etc.) and artist fees for choreography, cinematography, editing, costume, and sound design.

We could not do this without your support! Please consider making a donation and spreading the word about this campaign. Your gift at any level will help us get a little closer to our fundraising goal!

Thanks for your continued interest!

Best,

Cori and Shona

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    You will receive a ONE-OF-A-KIND, limited-edition Ghost line film still, signed by creators Shona Masarin and Cori Olinghouse. We will begin shooting our film, early this Fall, in a historic Vaudeville Theater and will create a special still for this occasion. You will also receive a hand written thank-you card and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog.

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    1 year subscription to Millennium Film Journal. MFJ is a bi-annual publication dedicated to avant-garde cinema theory and practice. Shona is the Art Director & Designer for MFJ. Your name will also be listed on our Facebook wall & blog! www.mfj-online.org

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    A limited-edition, signed DVD of our finished Ghost line film. You will also receive a hand written thank-you card and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall and blog!

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    You will receive a signed limited edition Ghost line poster, designed by artist Andrew Hurst and filmmaker Shona Masarin. Shona and Andrew are frequent collaborators as they are drawn to each-others graphic sensibility. Hurst's creative achievements span over a wide variety of media, including collage, music, and performance. See photos at left for examples of graphics by Andrew Hurst! You will also receive special Thank You in our film’s credits and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! A private introductory Alexander Technique session with movement artist and AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, Kai Kleinbard. Kai Kleinbard brings influences from his work with Aikido, Tai Chi, underground movement languages, and research initiative "Body Literate Initiative" with Cori Olinghouse. This lesson will introduce tools that enable you to experience the body as a deep place of possibility – that contains within it complex patterning, plasticity, and the ability for change. You will also receive special Thank You in our film’s credits and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog. www.kaikleinbard.tumblr.com

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! See image to the left! A limited edition digital print (three separate photographs available), signed and framed, by Andy Jordan, Brooklyn-based visual artist working in various media including sculpture, performance, fashion, costume design, and photography, who has worked in collaboration with Cori since 2009. You will also receive a special Thank You in our closing film credits, and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall and & blog. http://www.andyjordan.net/

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! See image to the left! An original costume sketch, signed and framed, by Andy Jordan from a collaboration with Cori, "The Animal Suite: Experiments in Vaudeville and Shapeshifitng." For as long as he can remember Andrew has been drawn to art and fashion that diverges into the realms of the eclectic, the weird, the beautiful, and the monstrous. You will also receive a special Thank You in our closing film credits, and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall and & blog. http://www.andyjordan.net/

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! A private Rolfing® Structural Integration session with practitioner Emma Randall. Rolfing® is a form of transformative bodywork aimed at bringing the body into better alignment through deep fascial manipulation and neuromuscular re-patterning. Sessions may be geared toward rehabilitation from injury, postural awareness for particular jobs, sports, or activities, or release from trauma. Emma Randall was certified by the Rolf Institute in 2005. She loves working with people of all ages, physicalities and stripes in her Flatiron practice. You will also receive a special Thank You in our film’s credits and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog. emmarandall.com

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! See image to the left! A limited edition digital print, signed and framed, by Lauren Simkin Berke, Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Berke has created illustrations for Cori Olinghouse's promotional materials for such projects as "The Animal Suite", "Voix de Ville" and "Ghost lines". For this reward, you will also receive a special Thank You in our film credits and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog. www.simkinberke.com

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! Your $500 donation will provide you with an incredible opportunity: to host a private screening of Ghost line live at your home (or event) in the NYC Metro area! For this reward, you will also receive a limited-edition, signed DVD of our finished Ghost line film, a Thank You in our film credits, and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND reward! Your $1000 donation will provide you with an incredible opportunity: to host a private screening of Ghost line live at your home (or event) in the NYC Metro area, accompanied by a live performance by Cori Olinghouse! You will also receive a limited-edition, signed DVD of our finished Ghost line film and a special invitation to attend a private rehearsal. For this reward, you will also receive a special Thank You in our film credits, and your name will be listed on our Facebook wall & blog.

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