You go to be disoriented… you go to have the axis of your world tilt a little.
– Ben Brantley, The New York Times
BETWEEN YOURSELF AND ME looks at the phenomenon of immersive theater by zooming in on one of the form’s top innovators. The film explores the world of Third Rail Projects, the critically-acclaimed company behind the long-running immersive theater hit Then She Fell, and the creative process of its artistic directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett. Including never-before seen material from their award-winning performances, screen adaptations of Then She Fell and Roadside Attraction, and interviews with experts in the field, BETWEEN YOURSELF AND ME situates Third Rail Projects within this unique cultural moment and offers audiences a glimpse into the flourishing, intimate world of experiential performance.
Dance Films Association presents
in collaboration with Third Rail Projects
BETWEEN YOURSELF AND ME
Based on works conceived, created, written, choreographed, and directed by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett in collaboration with Third Rail Projects artists
Director of Photography Lucas P. Smith
Music by Sean Hagerty
Edited by Jason Bahling
Featuring Interviews with (in order of appearance): Laurie Uprichard – Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Zach Morris, Jennine Willett, Tom Pearson, Artistic Directors, Third Rail Projects; Ben Brantley – Chief Theater Critic, The New York Times; Tori Sparks – Collaborating Performer; Leslie Koch – President & CEO, Trust for Governors Island; Seth Porges – Technology Entrepreneur; Marissa Nielsen-Pincus – Collaborating Performer; Elizabeth Carena – Collaborating Performer
Then She Fell
Marissa Nielsen-Pincus (Alice)
Tara O’Con (Alice)
Alberto Denis (Lewis Carroll)
Edward Rice (White Rabbit)
Elizabeth Carena (Hatter/Doctor)
Rebekah Morin (Red Queen)
Jessy Smith (White Queen)
Zoë Schieber (Doctor)
Roxanne Kidd (Nurse Mary Ann)
Niko Tsocanos,Kristina Vnook (Ward Staff)
Tori Sparks (Mom)
Elizabeth Carena (Fantasy Mom)
Carlton Cyrus Ward (Dad)
Rebekah Morin (Older Daughter)
Tara O’Con (Younger Daughter)
Niko Tsocanos (Boyfriend)
Additional cast (in order of appearance): Matthew Albert, Madison Krekel, Jeff Sykes, Jake Szczypek, Joseph Harris, Elisa Davis, Rachel I. Berman, Julia Jurgilewicz, Brighid Greene, Albany Park Theater Project, Ekaterina Novikova, Elena Gradkovskaya, Anna Gorchanuk, Lauren Muraski, Katrina Reid, Benjamin Freedman, Julie Seal, Leigh Miller, Edith Weiss, Patrick Mueller, Renata Zhigulina, Yulia Rodina, Joshua Dutton-Reaver, Ruslan Rychagov, and Douglas Gillespie.
Produced by Dance Films Association; Associate Producer Peter Trevisani; Casting by Third Rail Projects; Choreography by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett; Costumes by Karen Young; Production Design by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett; Line Producer Dawn Schwartz; Second Director of Photography Justin Ervin; Scripted Material Written by Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett; Assistant Screenwriters: Jason Bahling, Marta Renzi, and Ron Honsa; Gaffers Megan Blackburn, Alexander Crowe; Assistant Editor Kat Cameron; Color Grading Jason Bahling; Production Managers Debra Beardsley, Brittany Crowell; Wardrobe Supervisor (U.S.) TJ Burleson; Wardrobe Supervisor (Russia) Bina Maracchini; Legal Consultant Helen Skinner; Assistant Production Manager Kristina Vnook; Production Assistants and Sound NJ Agwuna, Amithab Joshi, Erik Spink; Musicians Sean Hagerty, Isaiah Singer, Ben Magnuson, Neil Nunziato, Tom Regouski, Craig Woodward; Audio Services Onomatopoeia, Inc.; Audio Producer Matt Kaplowitz; Sound Mixer Ken Takeuchi; Studio Supervisor Manny Minay
Shot on Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Piermont, New York; Governors Island; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois
Additional archival performance material provided by Third Rail Projects, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Albany Park Theater Project, and the Pekoe Group.
Special Thanks: Siobhan Burke, Greg Vander Veer, Nolini and Ashley Barretto, Deborah and Gary Tacon, Paul Galando, Janice Ende, Galen Bremer, Ella Rosewood, Douglas Rosenberg, The Notion Collective, Arts Brookfield, CEC Artslink, Ziferburg Café, Susan Katz, Yulia Bylenok, The Pekoe Group, Natalya Nikolaeva, Meiko’s Starlight Orchestra, Christy Burke, Judy and Steven Gluckstern, Zach Stern, Bill Caleo, Arts@Renaissance and St. Nicks Alliance, Materials for the Arts/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Sanitation, The [QuA2D] Art Mill Residency in Jeffersonville, NY provided by Daniel Castellanos & John Wenk, Fractured Atlas, David Feiner and Albany Park Theater Project, Trust for Governors Island, Elisha Weisel, Off-Center at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, River to River Festival, New York State DanceForce, Malta League, New York State Council on the Arts, Mark Merriman (Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz), Mark D’Ambrosi (Marks Paneth), and Jack Tantleff (Paradigm Talent Agency), Charles Willett, Pearson Welding, Trailer City.
Between Yourself and Me was completed in 2017 with funding provided by Dance Films Association's Production Initiative, creating opportunities for mid-level and established choreographers to collaborate with filmmakers on high quality film projects using HD and 3D technology. DFA’s Production Initiative receives generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Fund.