Each video I post this month, will show an artist/filmmaker/actor succeeding in unpredictable ways. Their mistakes have their own magic. This has been on my mind in reference to a series I’m currently writing and directing, based around the acting career of Annie P., a New Yorker who has always wanted to act but never did anything about it till now, in her mid 50’s. She has opened herself up to every possible opportunity to perform, no matter how appropriate the project is for her skill-set.
Annie reached out in response to a craigslist casting call I posted, and we met for an audition at a Burger King (her choice). It immediately became clear to me that Annie’s zeal outweighed her inexperience. I decided that directing Annie would actualize our respective career goals. I’m very interested in what happens in film and video when you bite off more than you can chew; something I do almost every time. The chaotic nature of filmmaking for even the most experienced people, begs the question- does anyone really know what they’re doing anyway? Can straight up chutzpah be the only necessary ingredient to achieving success?
A great artist and friend- Jennifer Sullivan– recently showed me a George Kuchar film- I, an Actress. The worst direction brings out the best performances, from both the actor and director. http://bit.ly/2nid3wk
Welcome to April! New month means bringing in a new film/video artist to the curator’s seat at MARVELOUS MOVIE MONDAYS!! Please join us in welcoming…
Sophia is a New York based director and artist who was born in Queens. She was recently a recipient of Bell Media’s MuchFACT grant, and has directed videos for bands such as Paramore, The National, Interpol, Yeasayer and Junior Boys. Her short films and video projects have been shown at the Whitney Museum of Art, Anthology Film Archives, Contemporary Arts Center, The Queens Museum and MoMa. http://sophiapeer.com/info/bio
As a director and artist, I stubbornly force others and myself into realizing fictional situations. Fueled by both past and possible future regrets, I attempt to re-write history, and challenge what makes a life experience “real”. In the wake of unreached goals and unfulfilled desires, I construct scenarios in which failure is very likely. The result creates unlikely emotional connections, new ideals and acceptance while highlighting what’s missing.
Here is a video that she made with her parents in which they act out a scene from a Who’s The Boss script. It’s titled “That is not This – Who’s The Boss scene” and it’s positively fantastic and you should go watch it right away: