The One I Keep

Played in reverse, Guerra's film The One I Keep questions the secrets we withhold versus the multitude we share, and is told through the eyes of a solo performer caught in the turbulence of thousands of flying paper notes.

With social media becoming an ever-increasing force in our lives, it's easy to let the world know more of our personal secrets than one might realize. This film, created from the real-life online journals of the artist (complete with a few secrets never publicly shared) toys with this concept of revealing oneself to the world. The hope for this film is to encourage viewers to reconsider their own expressions of revealment. What are the secrets we keep? The thoughts we share? Are we aware of how quickly our words take on a life of their own and fly away from us the moment they leave our lips? Let's take a moment to hold onto that one secret only we know...the one we keep.

  • Merli V. Guerra
    Director
    Synchronic, Threading Motion Project: Quilt Vignettes, A voice without a tongue, Everything But Blue, What seems so is transition
  • Luminarium Dance Company
    Producer
    Everything But Blue, Threading Motion Project: Quilt Vignettes, A voice without a tongue
  • Jess Chang
    Key Cast
    Threading Motion Project: Quilt Vignettes
  • Marcel McVay
    Music Composition
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art Film, Dance on Camera
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • WOMEN'S CANVAS FESTIVAL OF FILMS
    Kanpur
    India
    December 16, 2022
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • MIGNOLO INTERNATIONAL SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL
    Metuchen, NJ
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Official Selection
  • KOŠICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Košice
    Slovakia
    June 10, 2022
    Slovakian Premiere
    "Best Experimental" Award
  • BRAGA INTERNATIONAL VIDEO DANCE FESTIVAL
    Braga
    Portugal
    April 28, 2022
    Official Selection
  • PRAGUE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    April 21, 2022
    Czech Republic Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • CONSTRUCTED SIGHT DANCE FILM FESTIVAL
    Pittsburgh, PA
    United States
    March 11, 2022
    Panelists' Pick Showcase
  • LULEÅ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Luleå
    Sweden
    March 13, 2022
    Swedish Premiere
    Semi-Finalist
  • CLAPPERBOARD GOLDEN FESTIVAL
    São Paulo
    Brazil
    March 9, 2022
    Brazilian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ART FILM AWARDS
    Skopje
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    February 28, 2022
    Macedonian Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • CANNES SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
    Cannes
    France
    February 3, 2022
    French Premiere
    "Best Experimental" Nominee
  • 7ARTSCAFE WOMEN IN DANCE FILM FESTIVAL
    Yokohama
    Japan
    October 3, 2021
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • CIRCE DANCE FILM EXHIBITION
    Tbilisi
    Georgia
    May 7, 2021
    Georgian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • LIFT-OFF GLOBAL NETWORK SESSIONS
    Iver
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2021
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • TEKNOCHAT FESTIVALS' VIP FEST: BEST OF 2020
    Resistencia
    Argentina
    February 28, 2021
    Winner: "Best Experimental of 2020" Award; Finalist: "Best Art Direction;" Finalist: "Best Music, Dance, Art Film"
  • TEKNOCHAT FESTIVALS' VIP FEST: BEST OF 2020
    Barcelona
    Spain
    February 28, 2021
    Winner: "Best Experimental of 2020" Award; Finalist: "Best Art Direction;" Finalist: "Best Music, Dance, Art Film"
  • QUINZENA DE DANÇA DE ALMADA: INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
    Almada
    Portugal
    October 24, 2020
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection
  • EUROPA FILM FESTIVAL - 4TH EDITION
    Resistencia
    Argentina
    February 28, 2021
    "Best Experimental" Award
  • EUROPA FILM FESTIVAL - 4TH EDITION
    Barcelona
    Spain
    March 29, 2020
    Spanish Premiere
    "Best Experimental" Award
  • WOMEN IN DANCE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
    Philadelphia PA
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Featured Film & Filmmaker
  • CEFALÙ FILM FESTIVAL
    Palermo
    Italy
    August 28, 2019
    Official Selection
  • ViDEOSKiN
    Whitehorse, Yukon
    Canada
    November 2, 2018
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • WOMENCINEMAKERS - SPECIAL EDITION
    Berlin
    Germany
    July 25, 2018
    European Premiere
    Featured Film & Filmmaker
  • FIRST TAKE SHORTS SERIES
    Doylestown PA
    United States
    April 19, 2018
    Official Selection & Filmmaker Talkback
  • GLOVEBOX FILM FESTIVAL
    Cambridge MA
    United States
    January 25, 2015
    Official Selection
  • NIGHT AT THE TOWER
    Arlington MA
    United States
    September 7, 2014
  • SECRETS & MOTION - BOSTON UNIVERSITY DANCE THEATER
    Boston MA
    United States
    November 1, 2013
  • SECRETS & MOTION - CENTER FOR ARTS AT THE ARMORY
    Somerville MA
    United States
    August 13, 2013
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Merli V. Guerra

Merli V. Guerra (MFA in Dance, Rutgers University) is a professional choreographer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist with a background in ballet, modern, and classical Odissi Indian dance. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Luminarium Dance Company—merging dance with video projection and nontraditional lighting design in Boston, MA, since 2010—and has performed lead roles with acclaimed companies on tours to India (2007, 2012) and Japan (2009). Guerra is a freelance choreographer, filmmaker, writer, and graphic designer whose works have been presented by 80+ events across the U.S., and abroad in Argentina, Canada, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. She is a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s prestigious Gold Star Award for her work with site-specific dance and community engagement, and presented on her work with merging dance and history through AR/VR/XR technologies at Our World Heritage International Globinar 2.0 (2021), and Harvard University Virtual/Augmented Reality (2021). Guerra now continues her work in Boston in addition to her more recent work in the Mid-Atlantic, where she is a Part-Time Lecturer.

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Director Statement

With social media becoming an ever-increasing force in our lives, it is easy to let the world know more of our personal secrets than one might realize. This film, created from my own real-life online journals (complete with a few secrets never publicly shared) toys with this concept of revealing oneself to the world. My hope for this film, when shown in public festivals and productions, is to encourage viewers to reconsider their own expressions of revealment. What are the secrets we keep? What are the thoughts we share? Are we aware of how quickly our words take on a life of their own and fly away from us the moment they leave our lips? Let's take a moment to hold onto that one secret only we know...the one we keep.