Film and Music by Francesca Jandasek
Dancers: Ashley Krost & Antonella Redekosky
Cinematography: Gregory R.R. Crosby
Best Boy Electric: Stephanie Losleben
Costumes: Kelsey Vidic
Special Thanks to CSULB Dance
I first got the idea for this film while researching the Romanian Legend of the Arges Monastery for a full evening length show I created in 2018. In the legend, a pregnant woman is immured to make the walls of the monastery stand. After further research, I came across the belief of the “stahie,” or shadow, an ancient Eastern European belief and practice that in order for the walls of a building to stand, someone has to be built into the walls either physically (i.e their body), or metaphysically (i.e their shadow).
As I delved into the legend and this belief, I found myself questioning Who is the shadow? Is the shadow real? What if the shadows were real (and we were not)? What is reality? Does it even matter, if we all fade away from memory and existence, leaving nothing behind?
Ultimately, I was questioning whether, as a woman, it was more important for me to create, or to reproduce. And, why do I have this need? Is it to achieve a sort of immortality, a way to exist beyond my existence, whether through the creation of offspring, or art creation? The shadows represent my personal struggle of being a woman artist - art creation vs. procreation.
CSULB Dance Film Festival March 2020
Los Angeles Dance Festival October 2020
Lady Filmmakers Festival September - October 2020
Best Experimental Film Short Award
***Lady Filmmakers Festival
September 25th through October 11th.
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Block 14 - Dance Films
Here is the trailer for the film festival: https://youtu.be/YGrEGHYLhyk
and a trailer for my film: https://vimeo.com/455949221/93a889396c
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