Sequence/Orpheus .

Official Selection: Dark Veins Horror Fest (Maglia Lecce, Italy,) Colortape International Film Festival (Brisbane), The Experimental Film and Music Video Festival (Toronto), Knight of the Reel Film Festival, Druk International Film Festival, Paris Lift-off Film Festival and Amsterdam Lift-off Film Festival

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 weird 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
  • 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
  • David Leopold
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Seth Grimgart

Directed "The Last Letter" official selection of the International Horror Film Festival, the Dramatic Shorts Film Festival, Cult Films International Film Festival (finalist), the Cult Movie Awards Film Festival (finalist) , the Virgin Spring Cinefest (finalist) the The Knight of the Reel Film Festival (finalist), Tagore International Film Festival. and Druk International Film Festival. Directed "The Greta Grimgart Memorial Burlesque" official selection:Toronto Lift Off Film Festival and Mountainview International Film Festival, Directed "Three Minor Prophets" official selection: Odyssey Fest (Hardfaith Productions) and Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture Awards. Directed "Grimgart Burlesque: webisodes" official selection Mountainview International Film Festival, Black Swan International Film Festival and World Film Carnival (Singapore), L.A. Lift-Off Film Festival and Sydney Australian Film Festival
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 (Lincoln Center Theatre: The American living Room Series, 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) the Nuyoricans Poets Cafe and under the auspices of Composers Collaborative, Inc and The Genesius Guild. Wrote for DiscDish magazine. 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.