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handmade / archival / transformation / translation / reappropriation of ego  / what fascinates you?

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my seeds will cross and then take root
and leave you to an empty room
lonely lonely that is you
lonely lonely that is you
— Feist

LONELY  LONELY


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Francesca Chudnoff & Lukas Malkowski

Produced in 2016

Cinematography by Kristine Flores

Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "Lonely Lonely" by Feist

  • Special Thanks to Eric Chudnoff and Clay & Paper Theatre
  • Official Selection at New Blue Film Festival 2016
  • Featured in The Dance Current 2016

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photo by krista newey

Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.
— Charles Bukowski

ALGIA


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Francesca Chudnoff

Produced in 2017

Cinematography by Krista Newey

Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "Kannon 1" by Sunn o))) with Interview with Charles Bukowski on "love"

Costume Design and Construction by Driftnote

  • Official Selection at Festival of Recorded Movement 2017
  • Featured in The Dance Current 2017

SUN


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Lukas Malkowski

Produced in 2016

Cinematography, Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "A Sunday Kind of Love" by Etta James

  • Official Selection at Toronto Urban Film Festival 2016
  • Official Selection at dmic: dance made in canada/canada au fait Film Festival 2017

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And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
— Etta James

CARRYING PLACE


a film by Driftnote

Featuring Aria Evans

Produced in 2017

Creative Direction and Original Music Composed by Driftnote

Cinematography and Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

"Sacred Trust" poem courtesy of Chief R. Stacey Laforme

Executive Producers - Rui Pimenta and Layne Hinton

Commissioned by Art Spin in partnership with Myseum of Toronto

  • Premiered at Art Spin Humber Bay 2017

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we are the keepers of these lands
— - Chief R. Stacey Laforme
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These little town blues, are melting away
— Carey Mulligan

STILL


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Francesca Chudnoff & Tori Mehaffey

Produced in 2017

Direction and Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

Original Music "New York New York" Theme, Performed by Carey Mulligan from Shame OST

Sound Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

  • Special Thanks to Natasha Poon Woo and 509 Dance

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Am I vital
If my heart is idle?
Am I doomed?
— Moses Sumney

HOLLOW


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Sydney McManus

Produced in 2017

Cinematography, Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "Doomed" by Moses Sumney


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I’m fist fighting with fire
Just to get close to you
Can we burn something, babe?
— Rihanna

CLOSE 2 U


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Francesca Chudnoff, Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Justin de Luna, Joey Eddy, Omar Al-Samadi, Robert Kingsbury, Stephen John, Zach Murphy

Produced in 2017

Cinematography & Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna                                                            


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effigy - a roughly made model of a particular person, made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest or expression of anger.

EFFIGY


a handmade aesthetic and sad girl gang production:

Featuring Jasmyn Fyffe

Produced in 2017

Cinematography, Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "...I Lay My Ear to Furious Latin" by Ben Frost                                                      

& "I Put a Spell on You" by Nina Simone

This film was made possible with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and RTCollective

  • Premiered at Screen:Moves in partnership with Dancemakers Centre for Creation in December 2017

:24 review


a handmade aesthetic and sad girl gang production:

Featuring memories by Francesca Chudnoff plus all the wonderful people that stay or passed

through my 24th year.

Produced in 2016

Cinematography, Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "Rushes" by Frank Ocean

im laying here thinking about 24. laying here thinking about the passage of time. thinking about loss. and thinking about what I've been able to gain. I didn't really know what to do with it all until I was forced to just let it go. drain it out. I felt my entire body completely empty out about 8 times over this past year. making space and then filling those spaces right back up. to the point of overflowing. feeling the threat of the lights inside of me being dimmed all at once. and then darkness interrupted by joyful expansion. happy memory filling in the gaps. everything new seems to shine brighter than what came before. but the pain that creeps in can cut deeper into old wounds. 


small bits. wet blobs of colour. pink and blue. knotted into my bed sheets. moving boxes. west to east. skin to skin. glittering light. heavy bags. countdowns. messages failed. all of the sweat between us. rushes of blood. yellow skies. chlorine. tired eyes. infatuation. then loyal waiting. purple hearts. rolling in dust on a warehouse floor. friends. lovers. queen street at 4am. broken fans. new ink seeped into my arm. 
switching back and forth between the feeling of "endlessness" and then the repetition of loss and starting joy all over again. I can't go a day without thinking about it. experiencing it. how do those two things happen all at once? maybe we can only experience a few perfect moments of acceptance and allowance of both to happen to us. my memory both comforts and hardens me.
what did I learn?
ask for help. know what you need. ask for help. 
input is just as important as output fran. 
be open to love. not empty for it. 
I want you to know that my whole life changed in this year. I think yours did too. 
I still don't think we know how to love one another. I still don't think we know how to say goodbye. 


you know im obsessed with connection. but there's been a change in me and I'm still searching to know what that connection really means for me. for you. you experience the world in a really special way when it's constantly in relation to someone else. is that what we do? I don't know. but what I do know for sure is that I love the way you make me feel.


 photo by lukas malkowski

photo by lukas malkowski

Bygones we wasted here, ride around in my two wheels
I love the way you make me feel...wake me up in a week
— Frank Ocean

familiar


a handmade aesthetic & sad girl gang production:

Featuring Jasmyn Fyffe & Emmanuelle LePhan

Produced in 2016

Cinematography & Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

Original Music Composed by Driftnote

  • Special Thanks to The Collective Space 

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the feeling of the familiar
— Driftnote

DOORS


a handmade aesthetic and sad girl gang production:

Featuring Drifttnote & Francesca Chudnoff

Produced in 2017

Edit and Direction by Francesca Chudnoff

Original Music "Simulacra 1" by Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason & additional sound by Francesca Chudnoff 

Sound Editing by Francesca Chudnoff

  • Special Thanks to The Collective Space

 
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simulacra - an image or representation of someone or something, and unsatisfactory imitation or substitute.
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“72 Person Ball Passing” (Trailer)


"72 Person Ball Passing" by Charles Moulton, featuring an all-Toronto cast

A Fall for Dance North 2017 festival commission

Filmed and Edited by Francesca Chudnoff
Music by Steve Reich

Rehearsal Director Jordana Deveau
Project Manager Anisa Tejpar
Costumes Jordana Deveau, Odessa Kelebay
World Premiere December 10, 1980 Merce Cunningham Studio, New York, USA

Parts of the movement vocabulary for this work were inspired by and adapted from dances created in collaboration with choreographer Janice Garrett, Moulton’s co-artistic director in Garrett + Moulton Productions.


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a work for 14 girls (trailer)


Concept & Direction by Krista Newey

Produced in 2017

Featuring Sonja Boretski, Jocelyn Mah, Kylie Thompson, Crystal Finn-Dunn,       Eva Connelly-Miller, Kiera Shaw, Alandra McKirdy, Julie McLachlan,         Zsakira Kian Del Col, Jill Seggie, Cindie Cantet, Meaghan Houghton,
Carley Stastny and Michaëla St-Pierre

Cinematography by Francesca Chudnoff

Music "My Heart And I" by Luton Girls Choir & "Foundation" by Years & Years