S Y N O P S I S  A STEP OUTSIDE YOUR MIND

This is the story of Billie. She is sitting alone in the dark and remembers what happened when she fell in love with a sad clown and they left Europe for America . Stuck for twenty-four hours in a suburban Midwest town after missing their bus, they travel by foot throughout the isolated space, real and dreamed, meeting locals, images of Art, poetry and the illusion of the american dream.

D I R E C T O R ‘S  S T A T E M E N T

The film A Step Outside Your Mind explores a poetic and realistic way of being a woman today ( through Billie’s voice over played by actress Kathryn Hunter ), what is it to be a foreigner as each character A and B encounter struggle with their identities and also what is it to look at a landscape through Art pieces and poetry. America, as a character in the movie, not shown as a perfect idealistic dream but as it is in the wilderness, and repetitive suburban town.

We were lucky enough after arriving in Minnesota to receive help from a local crew and sponsors in Minneapolis. Arturo Tay came from Mexico in order to produce the film and Jacob Swanson arrived from Duluth to be our cinematographer. Funding was assembled in less than 3 months and we started shooting over a year to finally edit the film back in Europe. The actress Kathryn Hunter joined us for the voice over and poetess Eileen Myles gave us the right to her fantastic “An american Poem”, we also contacted several american artists to be featured in the film. The Art pieces, the poetry, extracts of sociological or historical works underline this reality and gives us additional means to better know and develop a critical mind which the characters are also trying to achieve with their journey. By these means I wanted A Step Outside Your Mind to reflect the idea of offering the possibility to think the social, cultural and physical environment surrounding them and not be satisfied by an illusion of love or the promise of the american dream.

 

 

 

E X T R A C TS  O F  VO I C E  O V E R

It is 7h57 on a friday night, I am sitting comfortably in a wooden chair…I can hear a plane above my head and sometimes the birds really far away. If I look closely enough i can see the shadows of my neighbors behind their curtain. When you asked me once I told you he was dead. Dead meant escape and no more questions.
I will tell you the story once and if you ask me about it again i will say it never existed.

Some may say that such a girl is not ready for a relationship with a man, especially a man who was a clown with only one routine. His number consisted of falling, each time in a different way, walking, jumping, bicycling and then falling. This was it, he was 40 and had been doing it for his entire life.

We don’t know how to stop banks from screwing us over or what dogs are thinking. We do terrible things, we wage wars, we make playgrounds where we know children will be mean or we chase gypsies all over Europe. So who are we to say how to love. “

 

 

CREDITS

“Homage is a french word for rip off “. Samuel Fuller
CAST ( in order of appearance )
Kathryn Hunter — Billie’s voice
Gilles Kazazian — Abel
Gaëlle Jaunay-Desroches — Billie
Gregory Norre — Convenience store’s clerk
Joel Thingvall — Moses, Motel manager
Rachael Davies — Diamond café’s waitress
Justin Jaunay —First teenager
Ivan Reza — Second teenager
Eamon Hill — The bartender
Vui Aipperspach — The girl who gets offered a drink
Joe Stanoch — The man who puts Abel back in his place
Mary Mabry — The cab driver
Missy Reuter — The ipad girl
Christi Desautels — Girl in bar
Jed Lahti — First man in bar
Jake Manning — Second man in bar
Kathleen Collignon Holland — Lady taking her wig off
Katie Henrichsen — Singing girl
Mark Kuiti — Man smoking cigarette
Anika reitman — Laura
Nicole Pappas Stanoch — Laughing girl outside thai place
Ginny Marie Herman — Red wig girl outside thai place
Caylia Lindmeier — Last girl outside thai place
Somsak Chumklang — Thai cook

 

MAIN CREW

Gaëlle Jaunay-Desroches — Writer, Director, Producer
Jacob Swanson — Cinematographer, Color correction and After effect
Gilles Kazazian — Writer, Cinematographer
Arturo Tay — Director’s assistant, Executive producer
Rebecca Gomes Ferenczi — Editor

 

POST PRODUCTION

Carton plume — Typography
Tomas Clergiot — After effect Typography

Opening sequence in America  & last shot in America

music of A Step Outside Your Mind  by DAMON MCMAHON
All original music & mix by WILLIAM RYAN FRITCH

 

Shot on  Panasonic Lumix FH20, iphone 4, blackberry and Canon 5dii & 5diii – Sound on Edirol R4 and  H4N – Edited with FCP – Catering by CHOWGIRLS

 

POEMS read by the poets
(in order of appearance)

Eileen Myles — An American Poem from ” Not me ” (1991)
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) — Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note from ” Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note ” (1961)
Franck O’Hara  — Ave Maria from from ” Lunch Poems “(1964)

EXTRACTS

André Gorz — ” Lettre à D. Histoire d’un amour  ” (2006)
Arthur Cravan — ” Notes ” ( 1917-1918 )
Howard Zinn — A People’s History Of The United States (1980)
Voice by Joseph Norman Ruiz

C.Wright Mills — White Collar: The American Middle Class (1951)
Voice by Mike Seeba & Linnea Sage

 

FEATURING THE WORK OF
( in order of appearance )

ROBERT GOBER
1/ Half Stone House.  (1979-1980)
2/ Burned House. (1987)

JOAN JONAS
1/ Coyote Still From The Share, The Scent, The Feel of Things. (2004-2006 )
2/ Mirror performance. (1969)

THOMAS MCKENNEY AND JAMES HALL
History of Indian Tribes of North America. (1836-1844)

BILL JACOBSON
Untitled.  1975 from American Trip. (1975-1980)

DAVID HAMMONS
Higher Goals.  (1987)

CINDY SHERMAN
Bus Riders. (1976)

DAN GRAHAM
Homes for America. (1966)

FRANK GOHLKE
Grain Elevator, Dumas, texas. (1973)

MICHAEL HEIZER
Two-Stage Liner Buried In Earth and snow.  (1967)

ROBERT ADAMS
Pikes Peak Colorado springs, Colorado. (1969)

DOUG AITKEN
Still from Migration ( Empire ). (2008)

ANNA HALPRIN
Still from The Prophetess. (1958)

ROBERT SMITHSON
Monument of Paissaic, New Jersey. (1965)

ED RUSHA
24 Hour Sign on the Road. (2009)

At the WALKER ART CENTER SCULPTURE GARDEN work by JENNY HOLZER
Selection from the living series. (1989)

SIAH ARMAJANI
Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge with John Ashbery poetry. (1988)

DAN GRAHAM
Two-Way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth. (1994-1996)