Janicza Bravo + Your Stress Comedy
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“. . . from the very beginning. I had this very visual experience of reading it. [I envisioned] mostly empty rooms. I could see the light and I could feel wall-to-wall carpet. Todd Hido, the photographer, took these pictures of empty apartments and their interiors [in the book Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude]. You can see, in a rug, the outline of a dresser. Or on a wall, the outline of a frame. The wallpaper is stained. It feels a bit ghost-y. There had been all of this history. And as I read through [Zola’s] thread, I was seeing a lot of these spaces that had a good deal of history that sometimes was really pleasurable, and other times was really unpleasant. It vacillated between great joy and great terror all at once.”
-- Janicza Bravo
Bravo is from Brooklyn via Panama. Bravo attended the Playwrights Horizons Theater School of NYU Tisch where she majored in directing and design for theater, which included costume and set design.She got her start as a filmmaker writing and directing a series of short films. Bravo's latest film, Zola, was directed and co-written by Bravo, along with playwright Jeremy O Harris. The film is based on a 148-tweet thread by Detroit waitress Aziah "Zola" Wells about a trip she took to Florida with a sex worker named Jessica.Zola had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award. She makes films “. . . for those who feel unheard.” You can watch the Zola trailer here.
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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you get a big laugh at your own expense.
(element one) WATCH Bravo’s short film, Woman in Deep, starring Allison Pill here.
(element two) READ this story on Bravo in the NYT here.
(element three) WRITE down the five most stressful moments you’ve had in the past six months. Bravo describes the kind of films she makes as “stress comedy.” Now, imagine that these five events happened in one day. Ask yourself - How funny would that be? Using this idea, write in the third person in present tense a summary or treatment of your screenplay.
How does it feel to give yourself permission to turn your moments of tragedy into a comedy.
If you resist doing this at home art date, do it anyway.
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
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