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panels: a dance ~horror film on grief

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Hi there! We are Tracey Lindsay Chan (choreographer) and Eric Mann (filmmaker). Thank you for visiting the fundraising page for our project panels, a dance horror-esque film on grief. Any support you are able to provide, monetary or non-monetary, would be deeply valued by us and our collaborators. If you know anyone who may want to support the project, please do share our GoFundMe link.

About the Film
Logline: After the loss of a lifelong friend, a trio of dancers process their grief through distinct, yet parallel journeys as they explore an extremist form of empathy: wishing they could trade places with the deceased. Within a surrealist, horror-esque aesthetic, this film will express the beastly, complex, and beautiful aspects of grief.

Vision: The film will begin with our three protagonists grievers in a somber, mysterious forest who test the limits of this world by attempting to break through the dirt ground. Two of them pass through this earth barrier and end up in parallel worlds of personified grief, a light room and a dark room. Each room holds a group of off-kilter characters who challenge our protagonists to fully immerse themselves in their grief. As for how it all ends, stay tuned for the film’s premiere in Winter 2023!

Our talented cast of dancers: Abigail Hinson, Alex Foy, Anna Gichan, Chisa Kobayashi, Iva Dixson, Kat Brault, Leila Massoudi, Raychel Hatch, Sarah Emmons, Tajh Stallworth, Trask Reinhart and Zoë-Elise Quon

This film is fully a movement narrative with no verbal speaking. It will be set against an original composition by our friend and composer, Ayrton Farias in Northeast Brazil.

Inspiration
Tracey became curious about the phenomenon of grief after her grandmother passed away at 100 years old last year. While she had experienced the death of loved ones before, her passing sparked new, intense emotions that rippled across those who knew her. As artists, we process our emotions through creating. Tracey found that once she began conceiving of and choreographing this narrative, it helped her with her grief, and especially with the emotions that defy spoken and written word.

Goals
  • Help people better understand and process their grief, for those feelings that defy language, and by creating characters with emotional arcs that the audience can identify with
  • Set an example of fair dancer compensation & treatment, sharing clear documentation of how we set the stage for a healthy, invigorating creation process
  • Demonstrate fresh ways dance can be filmed by combining storytelling, dance and cinema into an inseparable experience. By utilizing multiple elements of filmmaking (lenses, dolly, jib, sound design, color, visual & practical effects), we can create a story that is evocative, confronting, and relatable
  • Inspire others with Tracey’s recent “later stage” career pivot to dance. There are so many people waiting for that push to take a leap of faith on themselves.

About the Creators
We’re friends and creative collaborators. As co-directors of this film, Eric is leading the cinematography and photography, while Tracey is leading the overall narrative and choreography.

Completing our vision of this film will be a pivotal moment for our careers. Eric and Tracey began working together at Google, where we made documentary-type videos to present key research insights about “new internet users” around the world.

In 2021, I (Tracey) left my research role at Google to pursue a career in dance as a choreographer. This felt risky with my nontraditional background of minimal training and experience, but foremost, I held the passion and committed myself to try. Panels is my first major project on this journey and will be an essential portfolio piece that could lead to paid work as a choreographer. In the future, I strive to work with various dance groups to create gripping works for stage and film.

This year, I (Eric) decided to focus on further developing my production company, Darling Street Pictures, which I co-own with my wife, Meera Joshi. As we expand our company’s portfolio, I’ve become much more interested in the importance of movement, choreography, and design in film and this film will be an essential learning experience to be a better director, especially in regard to dance sequences such as in my upcoming film project set in Indonesia.

Where Funds Are Needed
To date, we have invested a substantial amount of our own resources into this project. Our top priority is fair compensation of the dancers, composer, musicians, and crew. As a result, much of our own funds are already allocated towards this.

$8000 via GoFundMe would supplement our investment and help cover:
  • Operations (like rental and permits for filming locations)
  • Production (like raw materials for set construction and costume design)
  • Mastering an Original Score (by Ayrton Farias and his band in Recife, Brazil)
  • Bonuses for the Dancers
  • Post-production & Marketing (like entry fees into film festivals)
  • And a possible Premiere Event with a live dance performance (venue rental)
Note: We are not compensating ourselves. All funds will go towards expenses and dancer bonuses.

Any Amount Will Help!
Here are some concrete examples of how funding would be spent:
  • $1-$10 helps towards everything!
  • $20 = makeup materials for one of the three acts of the film
  • $50 = one film festival submission
  • $75 = studio rental for a 3-hour rehearsal
  • $100 = making the outdoor flooring dance-safe (mats)
  • $150 = catering for the cast and crew of one filming day
  • $300 = raw materials for construction of practical effects (i.e. wood, foam)
  • $500 = one set of costumes (materials for sewing, dying, thrifted clothing)
  • $1000 = an all-day rental for an indoor filming location


Non-monetary Support
We acknowledge economic conditions are hard and sincerely appreciate any type of support:
  • Follow along behind the scenes on Instagram and at our website: trace-grooves.com
  • Share this campaign with possible donors
  • Offer special skills (i.e. sewing, construction, sound design)
  • Send us a note of encouragement


Thank you for your time, support and consideration.
- Tracey & Eric

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  • John Wong
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Ritzie Williams
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 11 mos
  • Becky Foy
    • $200 
    • 11 mos
  • Jeremy Young
    • $50 
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Tracey Lindsay Chan
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San Francisco, CA
Eric Mann
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