|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Cherie Sampson|
|Crew: ||Producers: Cherie Sampson - Screenwriters: Cherie Sampson - Camera: Cherie Sampson, Radim Schreiber - Post-production: Cherie Sampson - Movement Direction: Anjali Tata-Hudson
every.single.one (karuna) One of the nine emotions (navarasas) described in the ancient Indian text on drama, the Natyashastra, karuna is the rasa of anguish and despair. This experimental short film depicts the first 72 hours after a breast cancer diagnosis through a tense montage of sound juxtaposed with close-ups of gestural expression and contrasting images of the natural world. The layered soundscape is comprised of phone calls and conversations with family, medical practitioners and insurance representatives documented by the filmmaker while navigating the overwhelming information and communications in the days immediately following the life-changing news. The imagery alternates between restless and beatific, the latter offering momentary glimpses of calm (shanta rasa) at the center of chaos. A short film by Cherie Sampson Camera: Cherie Sampson & Radim Schreiber Movement direction: Anjali Tata-Hudson All post-production: Cherie Sampson Produced 2019
Cherie Sampson has worked for over 25 years as an interdisciplinary artist in environmental performance, sculpture and video art. Her work has been exhibited internationally in live performances, art-in-nature symposia, video/film screenings and installations in the US, Finland, Norway, Holland, Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, India, Spain, Argentina, South Korea, Hong Kong and other countries. Sampson is the recipient of a number of fellowships & grants including two Fulbright Fellowships to Finland (1998 & 2011), a Finnish Cultural Foundation Grant (North Karelia Fund), three Finlandia Foundation Grants and multiple internal research grants for artistic projects from the University of Missouri. She is an Associate Professor of Art in the School of Visual Studies (SVS) at the University of Missouri, where she teaches video art, digital storytelling and performance. She divides her time between Columbia, Missouri, her husband’s organic farm in NE Missouri and travel for exhibitions and performances. Sampson received a Master of Fine Art Degree in Intermedia & Video Art from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a minor in Sculpture. Currently, she serves as President of Artists in Nature International Network (AiNIN).
The experimental documentary short “every.single.one (karuna)” is part of a series of artistic works including short films, video installations and live performances I have created navigating and portraying an experience with hereditary breast cancer. I was diagnosed and treated in 2017 and documented the experience, collecting audio, video, photographic material as well as medical scans and other records. The documentary material contains the essence of the film and live performance narratives as well as creates an immersive audio-visual space in which the expressive
storytelling through movement & spoken word is interwoven in the live performance setting. Creating the “every.single.one” project has been a healing
process in itself, allowing me to reflect on the cancer experience and in the words of feminist poet Audre Lorde, “examine it, put it into perspective, share it and make use of it.”