HELL is off to a running start with footage aready in the can from Brazil for “Limbo”, and “Lust” shooting in Florida in a couple of weeks. My last trip to NYC I was able to meet with three other actresses and flesh out “Anger”, “Violence” and “Heresy”. I’ve had amazing conversations with each actress as we craft the one minute stories, they’ve opened up to me, made themselves raw, and I’m so excited at the level of committment and bravery they’re all showing! All films will be in black and white, except one, and all will have nods to Dante’s Circles of the Inferno.
Below is a quick rundown of each circle of my Hell. I’ll post more, including photos, and go into more depth on our interpretation as I work through each production wise. My biggest question will be, as I edit all nine together – do I descend down into the Underworld, or ascend up from it? You might think I should know that answer already, but I don’t. :) I think it will come to be as I work – or maybe I’ll put them up individually and let viewers decide.
Before they go online the film will premiere at the Tribecca Grand Screening Room in NYC in Oct or Nov and have other screenings. Until then take a peek behind the Gates of Hell and see what’s to come…
LIMBO – shot in Brazil with actress Viviane Franco. Our inspiration has come from Maya Deren. There are two Vivianes each pulling in a different direction, leaving her in a limbo of confusion and indecision. In Dante’s Limbo there is a castle with seven gates, in our Limbo is an ominous dome-shaped building with seven windows, none of which she can cross to leave.
LUST – will be shot in Florida with actress Sarah Coleman. Influences come everywhere from Zorba the Greek to the Bros Quay. We will see a mermaid peep show come to life on the beach. She is surrounded by men whose reactions to her interpret lust in many ways. They back her into the waves and wind (much like this circle in the Inferno) until she makes a fateful decision.
GLUTTONY – this one is mine! Influences come from the fairytale kitchens where giants and evil queens and bad children received their dinners and cakes; and also the current state of social evites which make it all too easy to respond “yes”, then not show up to the table. Our current culture of immediate gratification is very gluttonous. I’ll be baking a lot of for this one! ha! And the batter will be much like the sludge Dante’s gluttonous must trudge through.
GREED – to be shot in LA with actress Diana DeLaCruz. I’m still mulling this one around in my head. It’s a conept that is often tackled by Hollywood, and in the news on a large scale, such as with corporations and senators and financial advisors robbing everyone of their hard-earned money. But I think I’d like to take a *smaller* look at Greed. Might make this one a mystery. In Dante’s circle these offenders have lost their identities and role large bolders uphill…hmmmm…More coming soon…
ANGER – the only cirlcle in color, because I think anger has a lot of intersecting colors. This will be shot in NYC with actress Catherine Mancusco. The photographer Malgorzata Maj, is an influence here. Her beautiful, timeless photographs of stillness and quiet and peace make me wonder at the moments before and after. In my portrait a very still and controleld anger will seep out into the frame until it can not be contained any longer. What has set it off? What does anger do? Is it revenge or self-disappointment? In Dante’s circle – the angry fight on the shore or drown in the sludge. Let me just say, that Cathy is an actress who is up for anything!
HERESY – This will be shot in CT with actress Michelle Santagate. I read a story once about a female scientist in the 1940’s who was ridiculed at a conference because of her findings. She was the only woman at the time admitted into the conference, and though her evidence needed a bit more research and time, it ultimately lead to one of the greatest discoveries in her field. There is a culture very quick to silence opposition or risk-takers and declare them untrue, when they are speaking truths louder than most of us. In Dante’s circle the heretics lay in tombs of fire with the future blocked out to them. My heroine will be stuck in an overheated car – knowing her colleagues may stunt her professional growth.
VIOLENCE – will be shot in NYC with actress Jenilyn Rodriguez. Alfred Hitchock’s “Rear Window” is the influence here. Our reaction to violence and our willingness to act, and what those actions are – is what’s at stake in this circle. There’s no teling what our heroine will see in 1960’s New York, looking out her window at the neighbors. Nor will we ever find out – for the entire film is viewed only by her reaction to what she is witnessing. You fill in the blanks. The minotaur gaurded this circle in the Inferno – look for him in a most pecular and metaphorical way in ours.
FRAUD – Gypsies are my influence here. Do the fortune tellers really trick us? Is it really fraud? Or do we already know everything they have to say.
TREACHERY – Last but certainly not least. This cirlce is full of beauty and therefore you would not expect to find treachery here, but – there, ensconced in ice, sits our beautiful ice queen. More info coming soon…
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Hope you’ll join me on the journey! Lisa