Migration

Migration

A short hybrid experimental video piece that integrates dance movement and choreography of space within the structure of narrative film.
 

The film portrays immigration as a dehumanizing process executed by an indifferent bureaucratic machine. It follows a young immigrant, a woman, awaiting her turn to see the bureaucrat in charge of her case. The camera delves into the world of paper work and investigates, through movement, alienated interpersonal relationships as they are molded by the structure of the space the bureaucratic machine operates in.
 
Movement is confined within the bureaucratic grid as the body moves back and forth in an attempt to escape it. The film uses multiple cameras that are connected to the dancer’s arm and legs, through which multiple POV shots are taken of her movement.  The shots are then pieced together on screen displaying the space they were shot in from the point of view of the dancer but leaving the task of its reconstruction to the viewer. Subsequently space is deconstructed and reconstructed in an attempt to reach a point of reference for the bureaucratic machine, via an embodied experience, as well as connect the un-connectable by traversing the gap between those who seek aid and those who are trying to give it.

Daphna Mero Director & choreographer/script writer/Producer
A Film Director, Choreographer and a Professional Dancer.Splits her time between Boston and Jerusalem. Holds a B.Dance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; and a film diploma from Minshar for Art, Tel-Aviv. Currently pursuing MFA in Film/Video at MassArt, Boston.
 
Her work draws inspiration from locations, spaces and sites. They deal with the human experience via a novel medium which incorporates visual art and dance. Her short experimental films have been screened in film festivals around the world and she has won many awards and prizes for her work.
https://daphnamero.wordpress.com
 
Nick Manley DP & Producer
Is a director, cinematographer, and producer who splits his time between ethnographic documentary, and fiction film making.
He worked as a producer on Far From Afghanistan, which has been shown at festivals around the world including TIFF, Locarno, Yamagata, Rio, MoMA, and the Harvard Film Archive. His most recent film, ‘Continuous Excavation’ shot for 7 months in Italy and wrapped shooting last month.
He currently teaches Cinematography, Lighting and 16mm film production at Emerson College and Fitchburg State University in Boston
 
Andrea Ríos – dancer and performer; main female character was born in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. She studied contemporary dance at the professional dance school: Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey. After graduating, she worked with Cuerpo Etéreo and Sunny Savoy Dance Company. She was one of the 35 pre-selected dancers in CEPRODAC a nation wide call for contemporary dancers in Mexico; she received the Best Dancer award in Festival del Baile ITESM 2010, and she got several fellowships to dance and develop artistic projects in Montréal, Canada. Since 2012 she founded Body in U a platform for artistic projects that foster empathy between human beings. In this platform she works as the director, producer, choreographer and dancer.
 
Maki Kitahara – Contemporary dancer Immigrant
Maki began her dance training in her hometown of Fukushima in Northern Japan. In 1993 she was awarded the 3rd highest honor at The Tohoku Junior Ballet Competition. After graduating from Kinki University in Osaka, with a degree in Biological Engineering, she went on to perform in starring roles as a freelance dancer with many esteemed directors and choreographers in Japan and abroad. She has collaborated with professionals as photography, music, and cosmetic artistry. Her recent achievements include a nomination for The new face of arts of Japan Agency For Cultural Affairs 2013, and reaching the final stage of The International Competition in Nakano, Tokyo, 2012.
 
Henrik Astrom Origionl composer and sound design
born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1980. He has studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has released two albums as a solo artist and has worked with Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Miss Li, Titiyo and Oh Laura as well as many other artists and bands in his recording studio in Stockholm. He has composed music for the Swedish dancer and choreographer Frauke, Hirame Art Organization, the First Physical Theatre Company in South Africa, Los Angeles Movement Arts and Mandarin Orange Performing Arts (MOPA) in New York. He has worked as a composer for film and TV since 2001 and has written the music for five feature films and several TV shows and documentaries. He was recently composer for the short film “Jake and Jasper”, which won a Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival and a Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston Film Festiv
http://www.henrikastrom.com/index.html
 
Additional team members
The film involves a number of scenes of complex choreographed movements of a large troop ensemble that requires both acting and dancing skills. To achieve this we will be working with more than 20 local actors, dancers and performs from the local Boston schools and professional community

Production Grant Recipient

Recipient of the honorary award in 2014