ANDREW THOMAS HUANG


I N T E R S T I C E

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

       Demon-chasing was the purported reason for lion dances, as explained to me during my childhood whenever the spectacle took place at large clan reunions in the crimson and gold community halls of LA's Chinatown. The mechanics of eradicating evil, according to my naive understanding, occurred somewhere between me, the spectator, and the gyrating anatomy of the beast itself; between the action of the dislocated limbs of the half-hidden dancers and the trailing silk veil that obscured them.

       Nostalgia for this tradition spurred me to craft my own contemporary filmic ritual centered around a veiled dance. In my attempt to appropriate signifiers from my own ancestry, however, I found myself resorting to orientalizing tropes that merely romanticized my own heritage. The tension of a veiled dance conjures other more familiar images, such as the "Dance of the Seven Veils" from Oscar Wilde's Salome. This western depiction of a seductive "eastern" dance reveals itself as hackneyed and problematic in its design to exoticize the concealed body while teasing mystic access to some hidden divinity. The danger of this artifice raises the question whether or not seeking embodiment through one's ancestry is possible without romanticizing it? How can we who are culturally displaced invent tools and rituals to exorcize from ourselves the illusions projected onto us?

       Probing the illusive boundary itself, Interstice presents the veil as a self-contained magic trick: a shapeshifting second skin loaded with potential energy to manipulate identities and temporal-spatial dimensions that would otherwise be rendered immeasurable in its absence. Interstice is an attempt to pass through the veil that obscures our collective vision to reach a space in-between. An interstitial space.





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Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang


Featuring Flex Artists: Bones the Machine, Slicc, & Brixx


Producer: Sophia Rothbart
Executive Producers: Adam Joseph & Tom Berendsen


Cinematographer: Alexander Khudokon
Production Designer: Lauren Nikrooz
Costume Designers: threeASFOUR
Choreographer: Jason Akira Somma
Original Music by CFCF
Editor: Armen Hartootun
Visual Effects by Wolf & Crow
Special Effects & Fragrance Design by Stephen Dirkes
Helmet Designs by Savannah Wyatt & James Marsella


Voice Talent:
"Tao Te Ching" read by James Lee
"Olive Tree" by Chyi Yu read by Mike Fu


Unit Production Manager: Francesca Consarino
Assistant Director: Dave Ebel
2nd Assistant Directors: Amanda Rodriguez & Blake Wilson
Assistant Camera: Anton Du Preez
Gaffer: Smokey Nelson
Key Grips: Will Gottlieb & Garrett Cantrell
Grip & Electric:  Zach Frank & Will Gottlieb
DIT: JJ del Rosario
Special Effects Assistant:  Adam Maiolo
Art Assistants: Megan Kiantos, Jonathan Qualtere & Tim Ferro


Hair & Makeup Artist: Christyna Kay
Wardrobe Stylist: Sasha Sheehan
Production Assistants: Tyson White, Rebecca Tiernan, Dennis Nguyen, Lucca Galloway


Wolf & Crow:
Executive Producer: Kevin Shapiro
Compositors: Lindsey Fry, Cecilia Sweet-Coll & Martin Tzonev
Post Production Coordinator: Kitty Walsh


Sound Mix by Paul Seradarian
Sound Mix Studio provided by Shapeshifter Post Production


SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Tom Berendsen
Casey Burry
Song Chong
Leanne Elliot
Sara Greco
Adam Joseph
Mazdack Rassi
Sophia Rothbart
Kevin Shapiro


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