Friday, October 17, 2014

Existential Performance Art

Exploring "being human" through improvisational acting means finding my throughline as a character forms and tells its story on camera. 

It is boggling how often that character is not who I planned for it to be before I turned on the camera. 

That speaks volumes about "what is humanness."

Noir Performance Art



A genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.

A film or novel in the noir genre.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Films

TYFTB (thank you from the bottom), 2013. A woman thinks the Universe is collapsing and while trying to find a black hole to escape into, winds up in a mental hospital. As she tries to convince her Psychiatrist to release her so that she can resume her search for a black hole and save herself, her imaginary friend, an alien astronomer who lives inside an old black and white TV, delivers a lecture on dark energy. Trailer.

Indigo Lady, 2012, is a fictional interview movie about a Nebraska ranching empire heiress who murders her husband, butchers him the way her father taught her to butcher a hog, and 'cures' him in the meat cellar. She tells the police her husband left her, but eventually a tenacious detective discovers her secret. Twenty years later, Indigo and the detective tell their sides of the story to the press.

Coming soon to Amazon:
Lucy, the First Human, 2014. The setting is a barren, shadowy, womb-like or cave-like environment. There is only one character in the movie. She is based on the hominid, Australopithecus afarensis. What the first human would do, think, feel, and how it would develop -  like an infant, mostly sleeping in the beginning until she gradually is drawn out of her self-absorption into the real world?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stills Album: TYFTB (thank you from the bottom)

Stills from the TYFTB (thank you from the bottom) performance art movie project, 2013. 


My improvised monologues are my "natural resources," much like paints on a palette are. 

I.E.,  one does not use all the paint she puts on her palette, either.

During the Keskarel project, characters and the dialogue in 'Keskarel' were entirely improvised by the actors, based on a storyline written by Chris Arthur-Henly Robinson. Entirely improvised - so much so, that every other rehearsal, a character took his or her scene to a new, unanticipated plot point. In the spirit of being true to the world of the story, 75% of what we shot was thrown out as the characters lived an ever-changing story in their fictional world.  

As story develops  through the characters I create during solo improvisation rehearsals, I find that often while I am in character, the character makes changes that the director did not intend.