Kathy Goes to Haiti

An experimental narrative film in Haiti merges with documentary after the death of the co-director.

An experimental narrative film, which started as an adaptation of the Kathy Acker novel, Kathy Goes to Haiti, merges with documentary after the death of the Co-Director.

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THE STORY
At the 1st Ghetto Biennale, which took place in Port au Prince, Haiti in December of 2009, I co-directed, alongside Flo McGarrell, a short film that was an adaptation of an excerpt from the novel, Kathy Goes to Haiti (Kathy Acker, 1978). This short, experimental narrative was intended to be part of a longer work based on Acker's complete novel, which was scheduled for production in the summer of 2011. These plans were derailed when, less than three weeks after wrapping production on the short, Flo died in the earthquake that struck Haiti in January of 2010.

Flo was a close friend and collaborator. While working closely for five years as Art Director/ Director while making Maggots and Men we had formed a creative partnership, and moving forward on the project with out him is difficult. Nonetheless, I am compelled to make a film out of the footage we shot and bring to light his vision. I will weave together the narrative film shot in 2009 with the extensive behind the scenes coverage shot at that same time and then, contextualize the footage with in the story of McGarrell's life and work in Jacmel, Haiti. The emerging film, Kathy Goes to Haiti, moves fluidly between narrative and documentary, collapsing fiction and non-fiction as a theme throughout the work.

In December 2011 I am returned to Port au Prince with Producer, Laura Teodosio,and Ilona Berger (Maggots and Men DP) to present a work-in-progress of Kathy Goes to Haiti at the second Ghetto Biennale and collect footage for the completion of the film. The new footage focuses on the Haitian dance troupe, Gran Lakou, which formed after McGarrell suggested to his friends, who were complaining to him about being discriminated against for being queer, that they do something proactive together. An interview with Gran Lakou founder and choreographer, Yonell Charles, begins to reveal McGarrell’s impact on the lives of artists, particularly queer artists at the FOSAJ art center in Jacmel.

* OUTFEST SCREENING:
Come see, “For Flo,” a short film that tries to capture the magic of my brief relationship with Flo McGarrell, which is where I begin telling the story of this project.
The film is a work-in-progress and a companion piece to Kathy Goes to Haiti, made with support from the Robert Giard Fellowship.

Playing at OUTFEST in Platinum Showcase. July 14, 7:15pm at Redcat.
www.outfest.org/fest2013/filmguide.html (pg.30 in festival guide)

GOING FORWARD / SUPPORTING HAITI
Any profit made by this movie will be donated to Gran Lakou (a Haitian dance troupe that Flo was involved with and that is featured in our film) and Jakmel Ekspresyon, all inclusive art center in Jacmel that was founded in Flo’s Legacy by his long-time friend Sue Frame. The Jakmel Ekspresyon Arts Center allows artists and the local public to expand their creative horizons in a safe and non-discriminating environment and provides space and facilities to explore different mediums of artistic expression.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, please, get in touch with me at carycronenwett@alum.calarts.edu

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-- Cary Cronenwett,Co-Director, Kathy Goes to Haiti
BIO:
Cary Treadwell Cronenwett received the 2009 Bay Area Guardian Goldie Award for Local Discovery after the release of his film, Maggots and Men. His first short film, Phineas Slipped (2002) played extensively in the international LGBT film festival circuit. Currently, he is pursuing a Film/Video MFA at CalArts and is in post-production on his thesis film, Kathy Goes to Haiti. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Cronenwett has spent his adult life up and down the west coast and is currently based in Los Angeles.

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