IN A NUTSHELL . . .
Brittany Gravely and Ken Linehan are completing several 16mm films born of telepathic experimentation! If we reach our goal of $8000, we will be able to finish these films, make film prints and bring them to a venue near you - continuing our live methods of psychic exchange with our audiences. And speaking of exchange, look at our rewards which include limited-edition art, DVDs, palm & tarot readings, shaman sessions, astrology readings, herbal gifts and more!
THE FULL STORY
A series of psychically expanded cinema projects by Magical Approach (Brittany Gravely and Ken Linehan), the Telepathy Sessions were born out of various attempts at remote viewing/drawing, co-meditation and other methods of telepathic messaging. The impressions and visions we experience during our ongoing telepathic communiqués are compared, with common threads becoming themes and subjects of investigation for new work via the unique, alchemical medium of 16mm film.
Our shared visions led us to work on sets of short films only possible in the uniquely malleable, beautiful medium of 16mm film. These are designed to be shown on their own in a traditional theater set-up or projected during a live performance where they are then subject to various rearrangements in the placement; modification and spatialization of the audio; and manipulation with filters, mattes, mirrors or prisms. Both spontaneously and strategically, the various recombinations are adjusted in order to fully inhabit and accommodate the specifics of our location or audience. Additional third strands of film, consisting of shapes, words and other imagery may be added into the mix to further alter the configuration of images and draw new relationships between them.
Click on the stills to watch excerpts of the films.
TELEKINESIS LESSON 6
Telekinesis Lesson 6 features kinetic performances in the intimate realms of ritual, ceremony, art and play – where the natural and supernatural intersect. The first in the Telepathy Sessions series and the closest to completion, this flexible film will have the ability to be projected with an optical sync soundtrack or included as a part of multiple-projection scenarios with live sound. Telekinesis Lesson has become a prototype for our Tarot Card Cycle (see below). The stars are mystical participants Jenn Pipp and Colleen Dowling.
FIRST HYPNOTIC SUGGESTION
Mid-way through completion, First Hypnotic Suggestion consists of two separate reels of 16mm film which will be screened together with or without a third projection and our live manipulation. This is part of a suite of films which will feature a stereo soundtrack, using one reel to reproduce the left channel and the other producing the right – somewhat simulating the spatialization of our live events and occupying the space with more depth than the standard 16mm mono track. Once printed, if we cannot be present with these films, we will simply urge the projectionist to color filter and manipulate to his/her heart’s desire.
First Hypnotic Suggestion conjures telepathic transference, hypnosis and the collective dream space. Through its spectral tele-cinematic waves, our analogue horror-film protagonists participate in paranormal and fringe scientific experiments, attempting to comprehend the immaterial and incomprehensible expanses of their perception – both aided and obstructed by technological mediation that defines their expanded cinematic space.
This film and others in the Hypnotic series will merge rephotographed and original material working to transform one another through their interactions; the shadows of these collectively unconscious horror and science fiction structures exposing their communion with psycho-spiritual catharsis, extra sensory perception, esoteric mythology and ancient rites.
TAROT CARD CYCLE
The most recent manifestation of our psychic sessions is a set of cinematic tarot cards in which we collaborate with the subjects to create layered vignettes infused with personal symbolism. By choosing costumes, objects, actions and locations that represent their own visions, the stars of these films bring forth what they want to manifest mythically and physically within their lives. Inspired by their particular choices and personalities, we collaborate throughout the shoot, double-exposing each roll of film as a toss of the alchemical I ching to the beguiling discoveries of the serendipitous while adding a spectral layer. Sealed into the receptive emulsion, these layered iconographies are then awakened with the projection of light. In this way the participants' ideal selves are realized, and then affirmed by audiences who naturally recognize parts of their own dreams.
To date we have filmed four different tarot portraits and screened rough versions of two. Currently, a digital version of our tarot of artist Faith Johnson is on view in her installation at the Childrens' Museum in Boston, The Star Travelers' Dreams.
OUR MAGICAL REWARDS TO YOU
During our recent film performances, we have asked audience members to select from a deck of cards which contain imagery conjured through our remote viewing experiments. Functioning like tarot or oracle cards, but resembling Zener ESP cards & psychological test images, these symbols may also appear during our live shows activating alternate connections to the visions onscreen. The viewer’s chosen symbol serves as a personal divination within our films but also beyond. In our first tests of these cards, we discovered that most audience members cutting a card from the deck invariably chose symbols already meaningful to them.
See our rewards for a complete set of Magical Approach Oracle Cards ( 25 Card Deck ) Beautiful, limited edition designed by Magical Approach, printed by <a href="http://www.dwriletterpress.net">DWRI Letterpress</a> and packaged in a special canvas pouch made by Providence artist Haley O’Connor. Develop your innate abilities as an oracle!
ASTROLOGY READINGS BY SAM OGDEN
Sam has been practicing astrology in-depth since 2011, and dabbling since a teen. He has always been interested in magic, dreams, spirits, and other realms, but it wasn’t until 2007 when Uranus was touring his 8th house, that he began to follow and explore his curiosities of the occult. Apart from astrology, Sam is a fiber artist, a yoga teacher, a traveler, an earthen builder, and a damn good cook. (Learn more about Sam & the stars on his thoughtful and well written blog: https://starsbysam.wordpress.com/ )
HANDMADE HERBALS + HANDKERCHIEF
Collection of all natural, handmade herbal concoctions (highly powerful, healing salves, body and room fragrances, foot powder, bug repellent + a handmade handkerchief) from Brittanys Biospheric Friends Network of Jamaica Plain!
TELEPATHY SESSIONS POSTER
Limited-edition, silkscreened 14" x 21" poster designed and printed by Magical Approach
FROM BRITTANY & KEN
Risks and challenges
All involved in the making and experiencing of these films participate and collaborate at various stages in the process and we continue to expand this dynamic as the project evolves. And we hope that will include you!
Our films are shot on or include footage rephotographed with a 16mm Bolex camera. Sounds originate from sources that are found, recorded or generated both acoustically and synthetically via analog and digital methods. We use a mix of owned and borrowed equipment and often rely on the support of others paid by reciprocal favors rather than the more common, yet sometimes less freely-flowing dollar system.
Since not everyone is able to accept these alternate forms of payment yet, your vital contributions will fund the alchemical processing of many beautiful, rich strands of the age-old divinatory medium of 16mm. Its power to create decadently saturated shapes has become so precious, so unique, the requisite sacrifices to Kodak and others have likewise increased. By supporting us, you are also helping to support and perpetuate the wondrous existence of 16mm film!
Many of these earth dollars will be used to cover various film laboratory procedures – like a little negative cutting, optical soundtrack developing, color correction, printing and duplicating, transportation, shipping, miscellaneous fees and transfer to the digital realm for preview purposes (as well as-if you look at our rewards, a unique DVD just for you). The beauty and depth and particular qualities of film are essential to the processes and projections we explore in our experiments. For instance, hand-processing effects and blind double-exposure are impossible in the digital world.
With a few of our films already very close to the final printing stages, the amount we are requesting will cover the completion of the short films Telekinesis Lesson Six, First Hypnotic Suggestion (double-projected), and two or three tarot card portraits. As you’ll see in the rewards, you can even add to our output by personally producing a portrait of yourself! With full funding from this campaign, all of these films would be completed on film by the fall of 2015 (digital copies for those so rewarded ready in July).
We want to bring these films to you and for you to bring them to us! Experimental film is often difficult to fund, so we are exploring these alternative methods, which involve a different kind of work, a different kind of exchange. We are well on our way and your collaboration is vital to help us complete these films. Contact us with any questions… We welcome all forms of creative exchange: please participate!
We are especially grateful to the support and contributions of CineLab in Fall River, Mass. – New England’s film processing citadel – and DWRI Letterpress in Providence, RI who masterfully printed our Oracle cards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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