Thursday Sept. 13, 2001
A film by JANE GILLOOLY
With an original Music Score
by the ALLOY ORCHESTRA
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."
"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.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
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"