Orpheus is pursued by the followers of Bacchus, but before they tear him apart limb from limb, they pause to sing the praises of the god of wine.

The centerpiece of this film is a live performance of a scene from the 1607 edition of the libretto for Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" (no music extant). It has been enhanced with studio and location video, archival performance art footage, a percussion track and old 78s of Greek tavern songs. Introducing this eventually evolved into a TV show which became part of the sequence. The clown at the beginning (demonstrating the "clown turn") is from the live show. Clowning, transvestitism and crude humor appeared in Monteverdi's works (pre-figuring Commedia dell'Arte) often extraneous to the plot. All of this is an attempt to capture the anarchic spirit of Venetian opera of the era,

  • Seth Grimgart
    Film 'The Last Letter" official selection at the "International Horror Film Festival", where it was described as: "...push(es) the boundaries of creative expression and dazzle(s) the senses." Film "Sequence/Orpheus" was selected by "The Experimental Film and Music Video Festival" (Toronto). A Professional videographer, "Grimgart Burlesque" long running Manhattan cable show features experimental films, video journalism and live performance. Video links on request.
  • Alessandro Striggio, Catherine Gardjian (English translation) Wickham Taylor ("Women in the Arts" segment)
    Wickham Taylor writes for film site (as David), is a published poet and winner of the poetry slam at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Samples on request. Alessandro Striggio wrote the libretto for Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo," one the earliest operas in continuous performance.
  • Seth Grimgart
  • David Leopold, Laura Dinnebeil
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    horror, classical, noir, dark comedy, phantasmagoria, non-narrative
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Seth Grimgart

Directed "The Last Letter" official selection of the International Horror Film Festival and the Dramatic Shorts Festival. Directed "Sequence/Orpheus" selected by the Experimental Film and Music Video Festival (Toronto).
Born in town of "Two Egg" on the Florida panhandle; educated sporadically at Tulane and FSU before heading north during the great radical migration. In New York, worked as artist (storyboards for ad agencies), actor (Manhattan Theatre Club, La Mama,etc., NJ Shakespeare Festival, Judson Poets, PBS TV, WBAI radio, summer stock etc.) Original works at the Public Theatre (No Shame) and under the auspices of Composers Collaborative, Inc and The Genesius Guild. Long running Village variety series "Ave. A Conspiracy" which the Voice called "...a lower east side vaudevillian extravaganza..." and termed Grimgart "the prince of perversion himself..."

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Director Statement

Directing video is a realization. Clips are objects I like to assemble in a design on the screen like a collage. Images overlap, sounds blend and the real story emerges. Of course, it takes real writing, real camerawork and real acting to get that all that started.