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The Furies

Early in 2009 cinematographer Scott Galinsky offered his friend and former teacher, Jeffrey Atherton, a half-hour of 35 mm film (with processing) and three days with a film crew, to use as he saw fit. Jeff used these resources to recreate on color film a set of still photographs he had shot in 2008 based on the Orestia by the first great playwright, Aeschylus. Watching this remarkable footage playwright Guy Zimmerman thought immediately of a “blind” collaboration in which he and two other playwrights from his company (Sharon Yablon and Heidi Darchuk) would write 3-5 minute voice-over text inspired by the Aeschylus AND by the footage. Three editors would be brought on and sound designer John Zalewski would provide some unifying sound effects and original score. The resulting Triptych could be shown in a variety of ways – as an installation…as a set of short films in a screening room or theater (as in its premiere May 1 and 2 , 2010)…or on the web.

GRANT:  $4000

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