Hi my name is jeff abella. 18. single. san diego. socal. c/o 2012. God. family. friends. iDK - indecisivedancekrew. I like to dance. I'm one complicated mother fucker.
you give your everything in a friendship only to realize no appreciate in return. i’m done watching over other people and always giving my all. everything i did was out of love and friendship. because i actually gave a fuck. feels like it doesn’t even matter. it’s not like it’s going to matter ten years from now? is it? just don’t ever say i never cared, when i was always there.
i’m sorry if you don’t like me. i’m sorry you think i suck. but most of all, i’m sorry i don’t give a fuck.
February 20th, 2013
First & foremost:
Sometimes I wonder how I find the time to do the things that I do. And then I realized it’s pretty simple. It’s easy to make time for things I love and enjoy doing. Craziness has been taking over in the form of work and grad school but every so often, my “Tuesday night therapy” (aka Movement Project) comes to the rescue. This is my 2nd video project I’ve produced and directed, the last one was made exactly a year ago. Considering the time in between each video, I simply do not have the luxury to be doing this all the time as much as I would want to, so when I do, it’s a very special occasion to me. I am proud to have pulled the majority of these ladies out of “performance retirement” - a majority of whom have moved forward with successful lives, engagements, marriages, accomplishments, careers, and even establishing families with kids of their own. This process brought back a lot of college memories and dance nostalgia, which makes this project even more special to me and my cast - it was a wonderful reunion for many of us. These women (with representation from SF, LA, & SD) are personal inspirations of mine and I cannot stress how AMAZING they are on AND off the dance floor. A plethora of thanks to my entire NGMA2 cast, choreographers, and crew for helping me bring my latest vision to life. I am blessed and honored to know such a diverse amount of talent that keeps me energized, motivated, passionate, and inspired to keep moving. This video does not have a special theme nor storyline, but each project that I have created is personal to me because it is inspired from a piece of my life. This one in particular, is inspired from my upbeat, vibrant, colorful, and adventurous 2012 and am personally dedicating this to all those I love who were a part of it. Simply said, I had a fun year, and this entire video and process is a subtle interpretation of that. Don’t expect anything too complex - this is just dance and we’re here to let you know how fun it can still be. Enjoy folks.
And now introducing…
No Gentle Men Allowed is my interpretation on the human desire of wanting to get closer to someone we are constantly craving. I pursued this concept with a long take approach, which represents a point-of-view journey of one man going into one woman’s thoughts. A carefully mapped out path for the camera man and I were put to the test with each take.
This creative process started in November of 2011 after being inspired to breathe life into one of my favorite Corinne Bailey Rae songs - Closer. Going into my first video project, my main focus was gathering a handful of my own personal inspirations dating as far back as 2003 and unite them all on the same floor, a small dream I never thought would come true. A few of these women I even managed to pull out of dance retirement while some I had never worked with as a director. To help enhance the required mood of this piece, I requested that every single dancer come to rehearsal with their own personal “target” in mind, someone that they would perform to in their head as a means of wanting to get closer to them. I wanted to keep things simple while at the same time, challenge myself somehow by taking on a new human emotion that I have never tackled as an artist. I also knew I wanted to portray my inspirations as classy, sensual and alluring women. Filming the main sequence in one take also proved challenging and has definitely taught me a lot as a director. This experience has made me appreciate the art of film so much more and I hope to explore into other territories in the future.
I hope you enjoy this special video as much as we all enjoyed creating it together. It was made with a lot of love! A big thank you to my entire cast and production team for this humbling and memorable learning experience I will always cherish. Ladies - you are all amazing on AND off the dance floor. Thanks for taking this journey and moving with me.
Movement Project presents “No Gentle Men Allowed”
Starring: Movement Project featuring Charles Collyer
Featured Choreography: Jazmyne Jenkins, Katrina Cariaso, Michelle Shim, Lauren Snook, Cindy Minowa, Lizzy Richardson & Philip Cariaso, Jr.
Featured Photography by: JustinElement
Filmed by: Joshua Yu
Produced, Staged, Directed & Edited by: Philip Cariaso, Jr.
Please visit JustinElement’s website & blog for a closer look at No Gentle Men Allowed - bit.ly/yRzstg
For the YouTube link: youtu.be/H5gJICI8cO8?hd=1
Run Fay Run by Isaac Hayes
Closer by Corinne Bailey Rae
Suga Suga by Monifah
This. This. This.
Barbara Kruger, The Globe Shrinks, 2012
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