Broken Theater


TYPE
: Narrative Feature
GENRE: Drama
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

10 artists meet in a ghost theater. At the cost of each other, they grapple with love, humiliation and loss.

SYNOPSIS

When the script has disappeared, when the audience is gone, where are the lines between the part you play and the person you are? We are all victims of the script. We are all playing a part. 10 artists meet in a ghost theater. At the cost of each other, they grapple with love, humiliation and loss.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Created in this time of isolation and fear, Broken Theater is a letter to our time, born of a deep desire to connect.

One day, many years from now, I hope our daughter will watch this film and see that our bodies can tell a thousand stories of longing, risk, desire and love. I hope she sees how complicated it is to watch someone fall and fail; how difficult it is to bear humiliation, admit our contradictions, and ultimately change.

This film is for all the artists and humans who get lost in the parts they play, forget their lines, and lose their way in a dream. This is for everyone changed by the imprint of human connection.

KEY CREW

Bobbi Jene Smith - Director / Choreographer

Bobbi Jene Smith is an alumnus of The Julliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), and a former member of Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Her choreography has been presented by Batsheva Dance Company, La MaMa, Martha Graham Dance Company, PS122 COIL Festival, A.R.T., The Israel Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, and CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, among others. Film work includes the choreography for Annihilation directed by Alex Garland, and choreographing and starring in Boaz Yakin’s Aviva. She is the subject of Bobbi Jene, winner of the awards for Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. She is the recipient of The Harkness Promise Award and was the Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center in 2019. Bobbi is part-time faculty at The Julliard School and is a guest teacher at NYU and UArts.

Mad Gene Media - Executive Producers

A New York based multi media production company started by actor and producer Oscar Isaac and writer, director Elvira Lind.
We are focusing on brave, powerful and diverse storytelling on many different platforms. We are currently creating content that includes podcasts, graphic novels, documentary film, live performance, shorts and features.

Dweck Productions - Executive Producers

Dweck Productions focuses on fostering emerging, independent talent. Led by Hannah Dweck and Theodore Schaefer, Dweck produces original films, and partners with unconventional, diverse voices through financial assistance and creative producing.

Boaz Yakin - Executive Producer

Boaz Yakin is an American screenwriter, director and producer. His first feature as writer and director, "Fresh" starring Samuel L Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. He followed with "A Price Above Rubies" (starring Renee Zellweger), and has since alternated between personal, independent projects and studio movies, such as "Remember the Titans" (starring Denzel Washington), "Uptown Girls", "Max"  and the Sundance premiere "Death in Love", (starring Jaqueline Bisset and Josh Lucas.)  Yakin's most recent film, "Aviva” was an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Festival and was released by Outsider Pictures / Strand Releasing. 

AMOC - Executive Producers

American Modern Opera Company’s mission is to develop and produce a body of discipline-colliding work, to combine traditional and experimental artistic processes, and to maintain enduring creative relationships between its members. Founded by Artistic Directors Zack Winokur and Matthew Aucoin, AMOC is made up of some of the most adventurous singers, dancers, and instrumentalists at work today in the fields of contemporary and classical music and dance.

Carlos Zozaya - Producer

Carlos Zozaya is an independent feature film producer who has been fortunate enough to act as key crew for critically acclaimed films such as: The Fits, Catfight, We The Animals & served as a Co-Producer on Chained For Life. As a producer, Carlos has helmed Tyrel (Dir. Sebastia┬┤n Silva, Sundance ’18), Aviva (Dir. Boaz Yakin w/ choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith, SXSW ’20) and We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Dir. Jane Schoenbrun - Sundance ’21) which has been picked up by HBO Max & Utopia for release later this year. 

 

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