An experimental non-linear cinematic tone poem based on conversation, writings, and music by acclaimed singer/ songwriter/ author Rosanne Cash. This dreamlike mosaic portrait, with stunning Super 8mm and 16mm visuals and Holga animation, features songs from Cash's celebrated album Black Cadillac. Shot on location in New York City, Hendersonville, Tenn., and Ventura, Calif.
Director's Statement Collapse
When approaching my subjects, I process everything with a cinematic eye, visualizing the emotional essence of the artist, as well as their music and words. How do I feel when I hear their songs or when I speak with them? I let it all get under my skin. I go to sleep with their conversation and melodies echoing in my head. Rhythms and phrases resonate and reveal themselves as I walk down the street, shaping my thoughts. Adapting music and conversation for the screen is the same as adapting a book or a play -- there's an inherent emotional and thematic narrative thread that communicates to the audience. I have to figure out the best way to convey this visually. Music becomes a dialogue with our senses. And conversation has a musical and rhythmic tone. When you close your eyes and listen to music or the sound of a human voice, what do you see? This is what I want to bring to life. This vision, with eyes open.
About the Director(s)Collapse
Steven Lippman (also known as Flip) garnered international acclaim for his music shorts Reality, Tiny Voices, Life on a String, Fan Dance, and Nuevo. His films have been shown on IFC and in film festivals worldwide. He has worked with Bette Midler, K.D. Lang, and Peter Gallagher. Lippman's future projects include film versions of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, Ain Gordon's nonfiction play Art, Life & Showbiz, and The History of Everything.