Love-ism | Things That Matter was created in the framework of the long term project Love-ism in which choreographer Mor Shani and filmmaker Paul Sixta took a closer look on the human experience of intimacy. Sixta expanded the conceptual grounds of Love-ism by challenging the discussion and making the process of creation transparent. In Love-ism | Things That Matter the camera is a witness of a creative process and exchange of ideas between dancers and community members of all ages.
The film, as a product of a multidisciplinary creation process, has a hybrid nature. It mixes documented reality with imagined narratives and takes a sober, yet radically romantic look at the ethos of love of all kinds. Love-ism | Things That Matter is an invitation to observe the delicate politics of intimacy that emerges while meeting significant others in a physical surrounding.
Spectators observe authentic, improvised and staged meetings of strangers, lovers, family members and professional cast members. By placing the happenings in the sterile environment of a white box, the film treats its subjects as museum-objects.
Workshop & Film
Part of the framework of the film are the meetings between lovers, friends and strangers, exploring the “politics of intimacy”. These scenes are mixed with profesional performers exploring the subject matter in more detail.
Besides the film, the Love-ism project also consists of workshops and a live performance. It is in the these workshops where we have people meet eachother on camera. We give the worshops on the festival location, a day or two before the showing of the film. It is a great way for the audience to experience the “politics of intimacy” first hand, and in that way develop a different, more engaged perspective on the subject matter of the film.
On each festival location we set up our camera and invite the festival public to meet eachother on camera. Their interactions are documented in the same way we have been filming amateurs and professionals for almost a year. These shots will be edited in the film just in time to be shown on the same festival. This results in a unique film on each location.
This is an intense way to engage the audience.
Love-ism: Things That Matter
color, 16:9, 1080P
No dialogue / text