Black Pajamas

A Vietam veteran, suffering with PTSD, encounters one of his triggers when walking up to a large, vast river. He sees a woman standing near the bank facing away from him. Once he has approached the woman, he is suddenly taken to a totally new mindset due to his struggle with PTSD (represented by an obvious shift in scenery). He is now in a large white ballroom touching the shoulder of the woman from the river. When he places his hand on her back, he becomes familiar with her through a romantic dance duet. Tragically, he can never see her face while they share this moment together. When he finally gets to look at her at the end of the duet, her face looks completely distorted. Like a bad dream, his problem starts multiplying and the one woman becomes four clown-like women. The four women taunt and manipulate the veteran as they dance whimsically around him. After this strange encounter comes to an end, the man gets a chance to express himself in a quiet solo moment. The four ladies have a shift of emotion/tone and begin to dance and move with him as though they are teaching him something. How to love? How to heal? As the four women start to disappear, the man is finally taken back to the river, back to reality. He sees the one original woman once again beside the riverbank. When she turns to look at him, her face is no longer distorted and he knows that what he has just experienced wasn’t real.

  • Hattie Haggard Gobble
  • Orlando Agawin
    Director of Photography
  • Hattie Haggard Gobble
  • Orlando Agawin
    Cinematographer and Editor
  • Nicholas Heffelfinger
    Key Cast
  • Victoria Daylor
    Key Cast
  • Hattie Haggard Gobble
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Louisiana Film Prize
    United States
    October 3, 2019
    North American Premier
    Official Top 5, Founder's Circle Award, Best VFX/Title
Director Biography - Hattie Haggard Gobble

Hattie Haggard Gobble, originally from Plano, Texas, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance and a BBA in Business. While Gobble’s background is in dance and choreography, she has more recently been exploring the film industry as a director and writer. She recently finished dancing with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in Dallas, TX, and prior to DCCD, danced with Thodos Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL. Gobble’s choreography for TDC’s New Dances was reviewed by the Chicago Tribune to have “successfully found the evasive mix of lightly ironic humor, sincere affection and clear physical language critical to making a piece like this fly.” In the same year, she was awarded as the METdance Emerging Choreographer, where she set a new work, Are you cading me?, revered as an “audience favorite” (Houston Press). Her new film Black Pajamas has was recently awarded the Founder's Circle Award, Best VFX/Title, and selected for the Top 5 at the Louisiana Film Prize. She currently continues to choreograph, perform, teach, and direct with various companies and schools around the globe.

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