Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012 Films: S T R E T C H

S T R E T C H by Arturo Cubacub
Chicago (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Nov 10th. 3pm
Tickets $10.00

'I stretched my mind so open that I felt a crack.' This short subject piece is a sensual representation of an internal transformation process catalyzed by the shedding of one's former identity. Featuring the electronic ballad, 'S T R E T C H' by Sarah Weis.

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Director Statement
Arturo: Sarah had immersed herself so fully into her character in our first collaboration, B-17: A Mini-Epic (way past method acting, into 'Method Living'), that when it was over, she ended up deep in this interstitial space between her character, who she was before the project, and who she was becoming.

I remember her getting a lot of grief from her friends and acquaintances, who could not relate to what she was doing and going through, understandably so, since from the outside, our project and working method looked totally bizarre if not somewhat dangerous.

When she sang me the beginnings of S T R E T C H, it so lucidly captured her reality, re-entry issues perhaps, but mostly, this extraordinary sojourn, a profound morphing/transformation process I was seeing her go through. I knew we had to do this music vid to document the metaphysics.

Before Sarah finished recording the song and before we shot the white footage, I started developing the look and visual feel for the video as I was editing our second project, 'Greater Than Less Than: Level 2'. I was playing around with the idea of how to visually represent the internal deconstruction she had gone through and the “blank white slate” that was now her new persona which she was beginning to articulate. I felt I had witnessed her process one of those scary and beautiful transitions in one’s life where everything and every possibility were totally wide open.

I think those visuals might have given her the reference for which we could go on and finish the video. She decided to do the shoot in the nude to complete the look and finished the song. We do inspire and many times compel each other to take the next step.

To me, this project is an illustration of the aftereffects of the “Method Living” practice that Sarah adopted when we made B-17. The process of doing S T R E T C H acutely revealed to me the risks, dangers and rewards that a talented and courageous performer like Sarah, who chooses to totally immerse herself in the experience and the character she plays, undergoes.

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