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Revelation (2012)
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Starring: Lisa Coronado, Jillian Boshart, Jessica Martin, Lisa LeVan, Kay LaVergne Jaz, Bridget O'Neill

Directed By: Wonder Russell

See It Here: (premieres in Seattle on October 17, 2012, before festival runs)

Production Website: http://www.revelationfilmproject.com

The Story

Each of us has something to hold us back in life, whether or not we choose to see it.  It may involve clinging to innocence, or perhaps refusing to turn away from an illusion.  Maybe it’s an enforced separation from something or someone held dear, or maybe it’s something else entirely. 

At its core, Revelation explores these barriers, their discovery, and ultimately, their breakdown, through the unique interpretations of six actresses in a series of short vignettes. 

Beyond its core… the limits of Revelation are as open as your mind.

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“I wanted to see a shift in everyone's character – the world before and after their revelation.”

-Director Wonder Russell

Calling Revelation a serial short film is akin to mistaking the Death Star for a small moon.  There’s just so much more to it than that simple description suggests.

The six short films about epiphany that make up the core of Revelation are just the first stop on a tour of a much larger art gallery.  After those first six vignettes, there’s another piece that remixes them into something new, and from there, for those who wish to go deeper, the gallery opens up to include exhibits from beyond the realm of cinema.  Photography, painting, and literature are all employed to further explore the project’s central theme, and for those fortunate enough to make the premiere event in Seattle on October 17, 2012 (free for all who wish to come; it’s at Teatro Zinzanni), there will be even more.  (And that’s before some Psychology professor stumbles across this and decides to make a class out of it.) 

Or, you can just watch the film portion… not that there’s any such thing as “just” watching Revelation.  This is one work of cinematic art that truly does qualify as an “experience.”

So, what’s the experience like?  It begins with a fog, and then…

Your eyes will tell you that each of the six core vignettes is a black and white affair roughly two minutes in length, with splashes of color judiciously applied at key moments. 

Your ears will tell you that the pieces are silent behind the score; your eyes will note that the actresses do all of their speaking through facial expressions and bodily movements.

Your critical mind might appreciate that the techniques these actresses utilize to present their stories owe more to live theatre and interpretive dance than to a standard cinematic approach.

Your eyes will marvel appreciatively as they behold the elegant costumes worn by the actresses and the wonderful makeup of artist Kari Sue Baumann.

All of these observations are true and worthwhile, but, as is the case with all great art, the six core vignettes of Revelation are best experienced with the heart and soul…

Your heart will go out to Lisa Coronado as she plays out a moment we’ve all experienced, trading the secure fortress of childhood playthings for the realization that she’s all grown up now… and that she and life are beautiful.  Coronado is more expressive in the final thirty seconds of this piece than many actresses are during entire feature films.

Your soul will be lifted when Jillian Boshart casts aside the veil of doubt and uncertainty and finds that the wonder of the world was within herself all along.  If there’s a single snapshot that captures this endeavor’s theme, it’s Boshart’s “a-ha” smile that says “I’ve got this now.”

Your heart will laugh with Jessica Martin as she flutters about in carefree fashion; happy, yet naïve… and then it will skip beats when that innocence is overtaken by a power that is anything but naïve; the pain of strength through experience.  Martin’s 180 degree shift from Elysian sweetness to sinister self-assurance is powerful, and unforgettable.

You soul will dance with Lisa LeVan when she emerges from beneath the weight of loss and the end of hope and comes back strong, renewed, and purposeful.  Her graceful, martially invocative performance is stirring, and inspiring.

The piece presented by Kay LaVergne Jaz proves to be a wonderful bookend to the opening vignette from Lisa Coronado, and though developed independently, feels like a continuance of the same story.  Your heart will smile when Jaz does, but it’s the world-embracing look in her eyes at this vignette’s end that really seals the moment.

Your soul will be energized by the strength of Bridget O’Neill, who puts a new spin on the term “command performance” – her performance is the command.  It’s a performance that says she’s done what she came to do where she is (and succeeded), and now it’s time to take the next step forward, her way.  O’Neill’s vignette is the perfect coda for Revelation, and its final frames make for a very elegant punctuation.

Or perhaps you will find that your heart and soul are moved in other ways and for entirely different reasons… and that’s wonderful.  Part of the magic of a presentation such as this is that it is a completely unique experience for all who witness it.  Your interpretation of the stories conveyed by the performances may not be the same as what the actresses and the director intended; mine may not be, either.  Much like everyone reads something different in the Mona Lisa’s smile, here, too, the power of the art is in the eye, heart, and soul of the beholder.  You may not be moved in exactly the same way as the person standing next to you is, but rest assured, you will be moved.

And when the vignettes are done…

Your eyes may be drunk from the rich cinematography of Ty Migota, who turns the most minimalistic of sets into a series of worlds with such skill as to make the effort seem trivial, though we know it is not.

Your brain will be trying to wrap itself around the notion that Revelation marks Wonder Russell’s first ride in the Director’s chair.  You can bet that it won’t be her last, and that it won’t be long before some hardware decides to keep her mantle company.

But most of all…

Your heart and soul are going to want to experience what’s in the rest of the gallery that is Revelation. It’s moving, it’s powerful, and it’s like nothing you’ve seen before.

The gallery opens on October 17, 2012.  Prepare to be spellbound.

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