“I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don’t know exactly where I fit in. And the same thing applies to the theater. I don’t know exactly how well I fit into the scheme of things. Maybe that’s good, you know, that I’m not in a niche. But there’s always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself. Now I’ve found that what’s most valuable about that place is not the place itself but the other people; that through other people you can find a recognition of each other. I think that’s where the real home is.”

- SAM SHEPARD

A 12-hour flight from Tel Aviv to NYC, customs, 3-hour layover, and 6-hour flight from NYC to San Francisco and BAM – I’m home!!

I’m home, full of inspiration and motivation.  With news that the film we made last summer, Dan’s House will be part of Dance on Camera NYC, Feb. 2014 and time spent on ancient ground (Israel); I’m ready to dive into…

A new film project, working title Moving Portraits is in the works. After shooting with dancers and friends in Israel, I have great footage to sort through and edit.  Traveling has helped me break out of my routine, appreciate my environment and specifically people.  After the death of my father, I’ve wanted to encapsulate the poetics of people, to capture an essence of them, because my memory hasn’t been enough. Portraiture draws me in but isn’t dynamic in the ways I crave. Moving Portraits is a film project series – my research in capturing the individuality of the people I am drawn to, their complexities, poetics, unspoken stories and strange beauty.

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(A still shot from footage for Moving Portraits captured in Israel)

When will some of the films be ready? I’m hoping the first one will be ready in a month.

How many films will be made? I want to keep making them forever. Or as long as people inspire me/ I’m open to be inspired – so I hope forever. The process of working one-on-one with the individual who’s moving portrait I am shooting is a special time. We talk about their life, figure out a perfect/ meaningful filming location, pick out an outfit, improvise, eat and drink together…create together.  The special dates make me want to make a hundred individual films.

What will I do with the Moving Portraits? Ultimately, I want to publicly present them as a collection. A few I will post online, for those interested in how the process is shifting/evolving.

I’m thrilled to see what this project will reveal to me. Will there be a live performance component? I hope so…

 

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(A still shot from footage for Moving Portraits captured in Israel)

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