Second Skin: IMPOSTER (Film)

STORY
Second Skin: IMPOSTER” is the newest work on the Magnus Works platform. After our last project, “SAMARITAN  ” where we focused on deliberate action, malleable composition, and connections with the audience, I was led to re-think the elements that helped develop the work. As “SAMARITAN” was an external, first look at self, I wanted to reverse the concept and look internally. 

"Second Skin: Imposter,” is the exploration of the second self. We will be exploring duality, the passing of time, and the physicality of introduction through our surfaced presentations of self. Working with physical theater, we will build characters that reflect passions and desires that we rarely express in our primary self… parts of us that we tend to only access in moments of fear or loathing. 

What does it take to practice self-control and challenge self-centered perspective? Are we honoring the gift of life with honesty, integrity and keen awareness? Movement articulation requires me to focus on the coordination of mind-body-and-spirit, the inner workings of self rather than external habits. In the current social climate, where we are choosing divisiveness to protect the security of self, “Second Skin: Imposter” will research these ideas through physical movement on camera, the dissection of space and the relationship between cinema, narrative, and language.


FROM STAGE TO FILM

With what started out as a performance residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, has now evolved into a feature film. Once completed next year, we plan to submit Second Skin: Imposter to various film festivals and when safe, hold a private screening. We will be working with a distributor to shop our work for TV/ Streaming services. We are crafting a new genre of film! Take this journey with us and #seeksecondskin.

Photo By: Conor McNamara



HOW CAN I HELP?

Donate! Your contributions will directly support the production of our film. Funds are being raised to pay the cast, crew and cover all other materials/services needed to produce the film.  This includes giving 5 movement artists a living wage, covering costumes, sound, lights, all set/prop materials, marketing fees and technical post-production. 
I ask the community to support this new work as I transition to an established stage of creation and artistry. As a supporter, you’ll help make sure "Second Skin: Imposter" gets a second life! More widely, you’ll be supporting the establishment of the Magnus Works platform, where we are committed to reconnect internal human experiences beyond institutionalized dance. I have produced work through commission and my transparent will to collaborate. I realized that my true self has emerged and I would like to fully immerse in this liberating state through creative and conceptual work.  Working and collaborating with artists over this past year, (many of color) helped align my art with responsibility and honest perspective. as it relates to the current social climate and state of the world. I would like to continue to provide solution-focused work traversing several mediums.


Photo By: Conor McNamara



WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
 
1. Share this campaign with your friends, neighbors, roommates, family, everyone! We know how powerful word of mouth is and we’d love it if you can help spread the word. 

2. Follow our journey online!
INSTAGRAM: @magnus.works
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3. Check out our archive of work and collaborations! We would like to emphasize that we are an interdisciplinary platform and our work ranges from LIVE to Film/TV. 
WEBSITE: www.magnusworks.org/works


ABOUT ME
DAMANI POMPEY  is an independent interdisciplinary artist, working as a movement educator,
freelance lighting designer, movement artist, and choreographer based in New York City. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Dance, graduating with The Stefanie Silverman Award. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance in 2012, minoring in Arts Management. He commissioned work for A/D/O by Mini (Brooklyn) The Metropolitan Ballet Company (Philadelphia), The Harlem Stage Gatehouse, MoveNYC at Gibney Dance, Montclair High School (New Jersey), LaGuardia High School, as well as a commission to present an evening length work for DLab Dance Company (Shanghai, China) in September 2014. Since 2017, Pompey began working in VR/TV/Film and is now the Choreographer/Movement Director for HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness  (Peabody Award 2018). He is the recipient of Kaatsbaan's 2020 UpStream Residency Award.


We are eternally grateful for all support and can’t do this without you! Thank you!
Please, give what you can, tell who you can, and let's finish this journey together.
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Photo By: Conor McNamara


With love,

Damani Pompey
Magnus Works
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    • $500 
    • 20 mos
  • Christine Moritz 
    • $100 
    • 20 mos
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    • $35 
    • 20 mos
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    • $20 
    • 20 mos
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    • $30 
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Damani Pompey 
Organizer
Brooklyn, NY