UNDER BONE

Original Film (2017)
Format: Digital HD video, color, sound
Runtime:
4 min 40 sec


Docu-Fiction / Installation (2018)
Format: Digital HD video, color, sound
Runtime: 6 min 36 sec


Writer, Director: dana washington
Producer: A FILM BY BLACK DAUGHTERS

Synopsis: UNDER BONE is a narrated experimental-drama featuring ethereal vignettes linked by a woman’s devotion, grief and ancestral evocation, as she traverses stories beneath her rib cage.

Director's Statement: UNDER BONE is an exploration of grief, matrilineality, and religious legacy, which is complicated by the presence of Black queer intimacy. As an homage to my late grandfather, this film is concerned with ways of being: the notion of life and the absence of life, coupled with the ability to love and be loved.




Detailed Synopsis: As a subtle reminder to trust and rejoice, a figure walks a desolate path despite its rocky terrain. In story two, a figure breaks out of their mother's cocoon whilst conversing with their grandmother's spirit. Riddled with questions, two lovers try solidifying the certainty of their partnership.

Unfolding in a mellow whirlwind, a woman is awakened by an alarm and poses the question, "Is it 10:16, again?" before slipping back into a dream. While in an elsewhere, she grieves her grandfather and is led by a spirit guide... but is this spirit kin to her?

Cinematographer: Kayla Reefer
Additional (Docu-Fiction) Footage: dana washington, Dannielle Washington

Editor: dana washington

Cast:
dana washington as the Lead
trenderlene marshé harris as the Lover
Brielle Northcutt as the Spirit Guide

Anita Queen as herself (Docu-fiction)

Original Score, Sound Design: SANA
Additional Vocals: Arima Ederra

Narration: dana washington
Additional (Docu-Fiction) Narration: Anita Queen

Poster Design: DeChazier Stokes-Johnson

Screenings:
2019 - True Turn Film Festival
2019 - Lafayette Anticipations x KALEIDOSCOPE Manifesto
2019 - Girls in Film

2018 - Saint Cities (artist talk)
2018 - Afrikana American Film Festival
2018 - BlackStar Film Festival (Best Experimental Short Film Nomination)
2018 - San Diego Underground Film Festival
2018 - Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (Honorable Mention Award)
2018 - Black Cinema House
2018 - Locust Projects presents Saint Cities
2018 - Welcome Home: UNDER BONE
2018 - Black Radical Imagination 2018 Showcase
        MOCA Los Angeles, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Articule Montreal,
        ICA Boston, MCA Chicago, Smithsonian African American Film Festival
2018 - Outfest Fusion Film Festival: On the Queer Horizon
2018 - Toronto Short Film Festival


Streaming:
2018 - MOCA presents SCREEN: Black Radical Imagination
2018 - Comcast Xfinity Streampix

Exhibition Installation:
2018 - San Diego Art Institute