Seeking Filmmaker/Videographer for Multimedia Performance Piece
Seeking a filmmaker/videographer to collaborate on creating video projections for use in an evening-length multimedia performance piece. The video will be projected intermittently throughout the piece and range in duration from 25-45 minutes. The project will tour in Chicago, Kansas City-area, and New York City. The video project will most likely be completed in 2 installments, with the first installment finalized by October 2019 and the second finalized by April 2020.
The piece for which the video is being made is called “The Pocho Project.” Choreographed by James Moreno, “The Pocho Project” is an evening-length performance that brings together choreography, devised theater techniques, spoken word texts, and original video and music to examine how immigration, assimilation, and “cultural gatekeeping” are embedded in the ways we move, talk, and write. (“Pocho” is a derisive Spanish word used to describe assimilated Mexican-Americans, implying they are cultural traitors.) “The Pocho Project” engages questions of nation and belonging, using the embodied acts of speaking and writing as metaphorical scaffolding upon which to create movement and theatre. The project is research-based, while mining Moreno’s experience as a Midwestern, working-class, third-generation assimilated Mexican-American.
The ideal collaborator will have experience filming performance, dance or otherwise. The ability to do post-production work, including editing, strongly preferred. Some equipment resources may be available, but preferably the collaborator can provide equipment. In addition, someone who has experience conceptualizing and directing their own video work is strongly preferred. Animation experience is a plus. It is anticipated that the videographer will work closely with the creative team on conceptualizing the video and on editorial choices, but should have independent vision to contribute. Ideally, the collaborator will be Chicago or Kansas City-area based, but a broader national collaboration may be possible.
Grant funding for this project has been procured from ArtPlace America. Compensation will be dependent on the final form and duration of the video, as well as the nature and extent of the collaborator’s contribution. Once the video component is more clearly defined by the choreographer, creative team, and filmmaker, a budget and agreement will be drafted. To apply for this position, email a brief cover letter describing your interest and suitability for this project; a copy of your CV, including website link; and a link to work samples. Work samples should be limited to projects for which you had significant creative or technical responsibility or input. Materials are due by July 5. Email materials to the project dramaturg, Cynthia Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org.