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Kiki (Katherine) Allgeier

FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: KIKI ALLGEIER JORDAN MATTOS SITS DOWN WITH PROFESSIONAL HYPHENATE KIKI ALLGEIER TO TALK ABOUT HAND CRANK CAMERAS, ONGOING IMAGES, MATT MCCORMICK, AND HER NEW SHORT FILM DEAR JOE P. BEAR, NOW AVAILABLE ON INDIEPIX.NET. Jordan: Where did DEAR MR.POLAR BEAR come from? Kiki: I was taking a film editing class in college at The University of San Francisco, and my professor Sam Green wanted to show us different ways to edit a film. He showed an array of films, but the one that resonated with me most was a film by Matt McCormick called "Sincerely Joe.P Bear". I completed that semester and graduated, finding myself on my own, unsure where I was going to go. I traveled a great deal and pondered through open letters to a polar bear. I know that sounds odd, but I did. After I landed in New York City I decided to make this film as an accumulation of those letters through image and words. Jordan: It's a really good looking film I love all the milky, dreamy pictures. What did you shoot it on? Kiki: It was shot by Jeff Silva on a Hand Crank Bolex Rex 5. Jordan: Why did you choose that? Kiki: When you shoot on a hand crank camera, you only have 30 seconds to get your shot, and then you have to wind the camera again. I liked the idea that the image was not always going to be a continuous flow from one to the next, rather fragments of ongoing images. I wanted this film to be like a memory; the kind of memory that plays over and over in your head in tiny fragments. Jordan: How long did it take from getting the idea to the actual shoot? Kiki: Once I decided to make the film it took about 8 months before I actually began shooting. Jordan: Is that how long it normally takes you to realize a concept? Kiki: Yeah. I generally take a long time to process a concept, and struggle a great deal with story, and if I want there to be a largely narrative aspect to that story or not. Jordan: You mix video footage with your live performances. Can you talk a little bit more about that? Kiki: A lot of people live with some sort of relationship to a screen. Whether it's at an office, at home, or at the movie theatre, two dimensional media has made it easy to escape and disconnect from one another. Most people would rather write a text message than make a phone call. I'm interested in placing that relationship in front of people, using the very tool that separates us as humans: screens. My recent performance is made up of a script, a screen, and live actors. In all aspects I present my viewers with a screen showing human interaction in media form, and then live narrative juxtaposing that image. This lets the audience see themselves in relation to my narrative. I realize this may be uncomfortable because the average audience member goes to the cinema to escape from reality, by tuning out from their normal lives and tuning in to a world of fantasy. I want to make this fantasy a reality by making them co-exist, which is why I mix video and live performance. Jordan: Is film dead? Kiki: There is too much history rooted in film, thus it can never die. Film is the basis for what we have in the digital world. We are constantly trying to emulate film and create a digital product that looks like it, and we are close to doing so, but it never will be the same.

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(2006)

Kiki Allgeier is a filmmaker and performer living in New York City. Her new show "Connect With Me" which recently completed touring the US will be showing in New York City Spring of 2007. Inspired by Matt McCormic's "Sincerely Joe P. Bear"&hellip…

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