We started shooting on a rainy day in January. I had just found out I was pregnant, so I wanted to hurry up and shoot my vignette before I got as big as a barn.
My goal was to finish the entire thing before the baby arrived. But “The Tyranny of the Mirror” was our most ambitious cinépoem to date, and it took a bit longer to complete than I planned.
One cinépoem with eight parts — eight different scenes, eight different women, eight different voices. The poem, as a whole, explores our obsession with our mirror image. It takes a look at a bunch of different ways that the mirror, and how we see ourselves in it, affects us, no matter who we are.
Because I’ve never met any woman who is entirely satisfied with the way she looks. As the poem goes, ...I am not satisfied/I could always be thinner/Mind over mirror.
So I have several people to thank for this one.
My fearless partner in cinépoetry, Michelle Brown, who is usually behind the camera but lent her face and her voice to this project, and starts the whole cinépoem out with a bang in “earth suit.”
Lani Alo, making her cinépoem debut in “thick around the middle” and flawlessly delivering that muffin tops line.
Lisa Sims, also a cinépoem virgin, looking good under a pink-hued sky in “grande y bonita.”
Kathy Azada, cinépoem veteran, holding her own in “dressing room.”
Johanna Baldwin, another first timer, looking fine in “skinny jeans.”
Melissa Fondakowski marks her second cinépoem appearance by eating on camera in “zaftig.”
Annie Leuenberger, also new to cinépoetry, did an amazing job in “cell memory” getting up on pointe.
And Aaron Purvis returns for the third time with an original score that he composed just for us. It’s gorgeous.
So a huge thanks to all of you, and also to my man Bruce, who shot “earth suit,” as well as all our fabulous assistants. This wouldn’t have happened without you!
-Lo, who can’t believe we finally finished it!