About this project
ways of forgetting
ways of forgetting reflects on the ways we try (and sometimes fail) to connect with each other in contemporary society. It follows the whacky and whimsical imaginations of seven diverse individuals on a quest to become un-lonely. On their journey they search for deeper connection and tenderness through wild dance, song and poetic storytelling.
ways of forgetting premiered in Los Angeles in 2014 as a concert dance performance. The enthusiasm and support for the original production, along with the success of our last short film, "le Pain" (Audience Choice Award | East End Film Festival, Best Editing | Madrid International Film Festival) inspired us to translate the piece from stage to film.
Created collaboratively with our cast, our performers play themselves, sharing stories of personal transformation, queerness, and their hard earned lessons in intimacy. They wrestle, like all of us, with what it means to belong, to be present, and to hold another.
ways of forgetting sprang into existence as a result of trying to marry our interests in action cinema, graphic novels and kung fu, with modern philosophy, performance art and the abstract poeticism of contemporary dance. We work from the body and the process of shooting, editing and storytelling is movement based. The word most often given when people see our work on stage or film is “refreshing.”
We believe we are living at a time right now in our country where our generation needs encouragement and support to think outside of the box. We need refreshing. And we want to share ourselves, our journey, and our passion with you.
About The Campaign
We began filming ways of forgetting in June 2015. We shot about half the film on a self-funded shoestring budget, a little bit of insanity and a lot of passion! We would not have been able to get this far without the generosity of our local community of artists, filmmakers and film enthusiasts.
However, we need your help - the help of a greater community far and wide - to finish the film and complete our final days of shooting and post production. Raising $12,500 will help us compensate the performers as a token of our gratitude not only for their time, energy and skills on set, but for their enduring passion and relentless commitment to this project since its conception in 2013! It will help us cover necessary expenses such as food and travel, and help secure important locations such as large warehouses and key props like large industrial fans.
Who We Are
Meryl Murman (director/choreographer) I create at the intersection of cinema and performance with the moving body as my central instrument. Inclined toward that which is messy, fragile, vulnerable and chaotic, I am interested in both exploring and disrupting popular notions of virtuosity in dance and cinematic movement, specifically in regards to the spectacle of the male body in action and a fluid dominant gaze enabled by the apparatus of a seamless edit. I am curious about finding new systems for creating the reproducible image, particularly ones that rely more on corporeal literacy than visual, and that preserve the improvisation and interactivity of live performance in a cinematic form.
Meryl’s work was recently presented as part of The Contemporary Art Center’s 40th Anniversary Performance Season in NoLA and in Berlin Germany at Kunstquartier Bethanian. Her film le Pain won awards at international film festivals. She has shared her research at various universities and forums, most recently the IDOCDE Symposium at ImpulsTanz in Vienna Austria, FIX-in Art in Thessaloniki Greece, and CalState Long Beach in Los Angeles. BFA NYU Tisch, MFA California Institute for the Arts www.merylmurman.com
Milo Daemgen (Creative Producer) is a New Orleans based filmmaker focused upon experimental storytelling, exploring the use of innovative film techniques for expressive purposes. The short films Milo has produced have won multiple international accolades and his most recent film “Liminal Bodies,” an underwater dance installation, has been presented at art galleries across the US (MAY, OCHI, YVES). He is co-owner of The Greenhouse Collective, a former executive-board member for New Orleans Public Access Television and the founder of the New Orleans Film Collective.
MOTHERFLOCKERS is a collective of artists dedicated to stretching the boundaries of contemporary dance in performance and film. Made up of ways of forgetting cast members; Jake Harkey, Ryan Masson, Liv Rush, Yannina Orellana, Alan Perez. Julian Martinez, and Naomi Greene, under the artistic direction of Meryl Murman, they have created and toured work nationally and internationally. www.motherflockers.org
Broken Wings Productions was founded by Dominique Saulet, Christian Hardy (of ReelTasty Productions), Meryl Murman and Trey Chandler in 2010 as an ongoing platform for experiments in cinema and dance in New Orleans, LA.
Naomi Greene (Original Music) Leading with a harp or an electric guitar, Naomi Greene focuses her exquisite song craft on raw emotions and parallel worlds. The Parisian-born musician and Los Angeles transplant releases her first vinyl “No Skin” in October, 2016. Greene lends vocals on La Femme’s album “Mystère,” and sings in the Coromandelles, led by Daniel Michicoff (Tijuana Panthers) with Matt Maust (Cold War Kids) and Joe Plummer (The Shins).
“When hearing Naomi Greene sing, you find yourself immersed in another time. Whether on harp or guitar, Naomi bewitches her audience.” - Time Out Paris www.naomigreene.com | soundcloud.com/naomigreene
Risks and challenges
We are vulnerable when we make work that does not fit into typical categories. Forgoing traditional narrative storytelling (following the emotional journey of a single main character), "ways of forgetting" is an ensemble of people sharing screen time, intersecting storylines with competing ideas of who they are. The sheer complexity of producing an ensemble film makes it resource and time intensive. Our funding goal is the bare minimum we need to complete this next leg of production.
We have learned many valuable lessons since we started shooting in 2015: how to navigate bad weather, scheduling conflicts with so many performers, and how to endure the physical duress of complex choreography. We have proven, through the creation and success of "le Pain" and our first leg of filming that it can be done! As a collective we have managed to stay the course and complete projects, even ones like this, that span years in the making.
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Thank you for the support and development to Dominique Saulet, Trey Chandler, Christian Hardy, Lauren Hardy, Sam Ernst, Durado Brooks, Rachel Perlis, Sarah Zanolli, Gregory Dorado, Live Oak Dance, Jarinia Carvalho, Dancing Grounds, Laura Stein, Ben Hunt, Jorge Lopez, Kelley Crawford, Francesca Penzani, Rosanna Gamson, Iain Court, Ann Glaviano, David Bear, Calvin Rowe, Chu-Hsuan Seth Chang, Mark Kanieff, Taireika Glover, Amir Oosman, David Moyer, Nick Leon, California Institute for the Arts, Orange Whip Grip, Nicholas Christian, Sarah Corsiatto, Melvin Stovall, Ramzi Hibri.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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