And the Moon
And the Moon
An original musical and intimately choreographed dance piece, AND THE MOON is a queer romance with an all-women cast.
An original musical and intimately choreographed dance piece, AND THE MOON is a queer romance with an all-women cast. Read more
About this project
What is it about?
"And the Moon" is a musical short about a woman’s journey to allow herself to be vulnerable, to fall in love, and to openly embrace her desire for another woman. Late at night, at the end of a promising date, a young woman is caught off guard by her date’s open, direct desire for her. During their dance of seduction, time suddenly stands still as she considers her own feelings of love and the erotic attraction that she feels towards this other woman. Wordlessly, through dance, she grapples with her fear about publicly owning her queerness, as well as the universal fear of being vulnerable enough to fall in love with another person.
Why does it matter?
The film is an intimate portrait of love and attraction between two women that recognizes the fear that can accompany the pursuit of love that is framed as “other” by the culture at large, while also depicting the liberation and joy that’s possible after overcoming that fear and embracing one’s desires. In a medium that still suffers from intense gender inequality, this film features a female writer-director and choreographer, as well as an entirely female cast.
The film will be shot in high-contrast black and white, inspired by the lush romanticism of mid-20th century European art film, particularly Luchino Visconti’s Le notti bianche.
A California native, Adrianna Aguilar moved to New York in 2009 to attend Barnard College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in a Dance and in English. She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Jodi Melnick, Ori Flomin, Reggie Wilson and Brian Brooks before starting her own company, TREES, in 2014. TREES, The Rhythm Encompassing Every Sound, brings musicians, dancer and actors together to create collaborations that are performed in intimate spaces throughout New York City. Spike Hill, The Bowery Electric and Casa Mezcal are among the music venues where they have performed.
Gabby Beans is an actor and writer based in New York City. She recently completed her BA at Columbia in Theatre and Neuroscience, and MA in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Recent Theatre credits include: After the Dark (La MaMa), The Rape of Lucrece (New York Shakespeare Exchange), /VANITAS/ (Dixon Place), Watch Me Burn (The Wild Project), Balm in Gilead (Shapiro Theater), Woe from Wit (Union Theological Seminary). Recent TV credits include I Love You, But I Lied (LMN).
Maria Diez is a Mexican-American actress and singer who graduated from Columbia University. She is currently residing in NYC and occasionally Atlanta and Minneapolis. She recently wrote and performed pieces in Girl Be Heard's show Blurred Lines. Other highlights include: Desdemona in Othello (The Davenport), Callie in Stop Kiss (GMT Festival), Nina in The Seagull, and working with the Woodshed Collective. The interactive short film she's in, "The Mystery At the Art Gallery", won runner up at The Tribeca Film Festival this past year. Maria has apprenticed with One Year Lease and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Along with performing (and designing sets), Maria likes to dance, teach, and travel.
Raquel Chavez is a theater artist based in NYC by way of the Bay Area. As an actor, her recent credits have included Miranda in The Tempest with Smith Street Stage in Carroll Park & Emilia in Othello with The Brewing Department. Infused by her training in jazz and modern dance, her work strives to explore the subtle, yet meaningful junction of physical theater and choreographic storytelling, while keeping a watchful eye on the socio-political tides that shape our emotional landscapes. She studies Feldenkrais with Sita Mani and currently sings with the indie-rock band Rockaway based in Williamsburg. www.raquelmariechavez.com
Shelley Farmer is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer based, like most multi-disciplinary artists and writers, in Brooklyn. She has performed at Jack (with Dave Malloy), Dixon Place, Here Arts Center, Union Theological Seminary, The Metropolitan Room, and some disheartening regional theaters. Her directing credits include productions of Carousel, Candide, Cabaret, and opera showcases. She is a former weekend editor for Paper Magazine, and her writing has appeared in Indiewire, The Museum of the Moving Image's Reverse Shot, FilmLinc Daily, and Film.com. She is also the repertory publicist at Film Forum. www.shelleyfarmer.com
Dan Bindschedler was born and raised in Ridgefield, CT and has lived in New York for the last 9 years. In addition to producing films, he is a professional cellist and a freelance copywriter. Bindschedler wrote and directed his debut short film, Anxiety, produced by Joe Cecchini and shot by Chris Tharp in 2017. He is currently writing a mock children’s book titled “Cello, My Name is Dan”
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Born in Haifa, Israel, Oren Soffer grew up in the United States watching Steven Spielberg movies and building LEGO sets. These activities laid the groundwork for what would eventually become his lifeblood - a burning love of all things film. Oren shot two features that were distributed theatrically and on VOD in 2016: ‘No Letting Go' starring Alysia Reiner, Kathy Najimy, Richard Burgi and others; and 'Little Miss Perfect' starring Karlee Roberts, Isabella Palmieri and Lilla Crawford. During his studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Oren was nominated for the ASC Gordon Willis Student Heritage Award, and was a finalist for the Arri Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography. Oren has also shot dozens of short films, commercials and music videos, worked for a variety of clients including Discovery Channel, Bloomberg News, Time Inc, Refinery 29, Target, MTV, Nickelodeon, L’Oreal and Skype, and has worked on multiple feature films studying under acclaimed Director of Photography Reed Morano, ASC.
ARRANGER/COMPOSER (BALLET MUSIC)/PIANIST
Michael Gildin is a music director, pianist, and composer. A graduate of Columbia University, he has recently worked as a researcher and music assistant for several productions in New York City Center’s Encores! Series, contributing to the authentic reconstruction of musicals such as Cabin in the Sky and the Gershwins’ Lady, Be Good!. Michael regularly works with Broadway music director Rob Fisher as an assistant.
Promo photos by Todd Schmiedlin
Risks and challenges
Every short film comes with hurtles both expected and unexpected, but with our team of experienced producers and department heads (and your help!) we'll have all of the tools necessary to overcome them.
We hope to be submitting the film to festivals for 2018, with LGBT festivals Outfest in LA and Newfest in NY being intended outlets. With a festival submission plan and a schedule online release, we can ensure that this film won't fall off the face of the earth -- every donor and team member will have the opportunity to see it and celebrate your generosity!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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