Second Annual Pawtucket Film Festival
Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI

Thursday Sept. 13, 2001


With an original Music Score


Children's fantasies and the power of their imaginations are explored in this 10 minute black and white movie by noted director Jane Gillooly. Deep in the forest, beyond the restraints of the adult world, a group of children meet to play. The line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. A nursery rhyme becomes an incantation, and surprising things begin to happen.

"Filmed in earthly black and white, this film captures the twisted and familiar theme of little ones using magic to wrest control of their world from adults. Humorous and grotesque "Dragonflies" and its attendant score by the Alloy Orchestra would surely have made Murnau proud."
              -Sentinel & Enterprise, Margaret Smith

"An affinity for music and image is evident in "Dragonflies, The Baby Cries" a short film by Jane Gillooly. As the title suggests, it's an adaptation of a children's nursery rhyme, with moppets mustering over a mounting soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra to engage in witchy rite in the middle of an umbrous wood. Verging in tone from the coy to the sinister, "Dragonflies" merges sight, sound, and narrative in a quieter and more quotidian version of Fantasia's Night On Bald Mountain sequence.
              -Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix


The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, NYC
Roger Eberts Overlooked Films Festival, IL
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
Englewood Theater Kanas City, MO
The National Gallery, Washington D.C.
Northampton Film Festival, MA
Coolidge Corner Theater, MA
Somerville Theater, MA
North Carolina Museum Of Art, NC


PBS WGBH Boston and New England Spring, 2001
Sundance Channel / Showtime Network, Fall 2001


JANE GILLOOLY is a producer/director and co-owner of the Chicken Loft Production Studios and member of New Day Films a filmmaker owned distribution cooperative. She has a background in documentary film, design, and inter-disciplinary media.

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and The Massachusetts Cultural Council, her work includes Dragonflies, The Baby Cries (2000) a 35mm film short which premiered with the Film Society at Lincoln Center, and the National Gallery in DC, and was purchased by the Sundance Channel for broadcast, Theme: Murder (1998), a documentary co-produced with director Martha Swetzoff selected to represent the United States at INPUT International Public Television Conference 2000 and awarded best documentary New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Human Rights Watch Festival. Leona's Sister Gerri (1994) the critically acclaimed documentary produced for PBS for national broadcast on P.O.V. and selected for screening at the Museum of Modern Art's "New Directors, New Films" and the Robert Flaherty Seminar. Shrine to Ritualized Time (2000) co-directed with Karen Aqua, a large screen outdoor video installation commissioned by First Night Boston to commemorate the end of the millennium.

Gillooly is a faculty member at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Massachusetts and the Massachusetts College of Art.

About the film Leona's Sister Gerri "Gillooly's searingly effective study of an infamous photograph and how it came into being. Patiently piecing together the facts behind this wrenching image, Ms Gillooly brings a wide breadth of understanding to the tragedy she uncovers. "....forceful....intimate....unpretentious.....devastating"
              -Janet Maslin, New York Times


THE ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Coaxing sound from the most unlikely sources, the group creates a style of music that is uniquely powerful and entertaining. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, etc.), Alloy has emerged as the possibly the best and best known silent film accompanists in the world. "The Alloy Orchestra is fast becoming the country's leading avant garde interpreter of silent films."
              -Neil Strauss, New York Times


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