Das Ding

Das Ding takes the viewer on a poetic and visually striking 12-minute voyage, organized in 3 chapters:
A stop-motion animated opening brings up philosophical questions like “Why do hollows matter, when hollows aren’t matter?”
In the second chapter illustrations eerily morph into live action, building up to a fantastic final chapter where a vulnerable and violent personal story is enacted.
An original score by the band Precious Child drives the narrative with immersive instrumental and industrial sounds.
Das Ding was described as a “Magical work worth watching again and again” by LA Dance Chronicle.

Das Ding was commissioned for the Film Maudit 2.0 festival hosted by Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles.
Since then Das Ding has been screened at the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival in Athens and selected for Fringe! Queer Film Fest 2021.

  • Cade Moga
    Zero (short)
  • Cade Moga
    Xenomaskuline Manifesto
  • Precious Child
    My Little Problem
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Queer, Dance, Surreal, Philosophy, Magical Realism, animation, poetry, LGBTQ, theatre, narrative, music, synth, stop-motion
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
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  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    1920 x 1080
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  • Student Project:
  • Film Maudit 2.0
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 14, 2021
    North American Premiere
    High Kick-Entrails, Queer Dance
  • Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival
    June 15, 2021
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Finge! Queer Arts and Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 16, 2021
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Cade Moga

Cade is an auto-ethnographic story-teller working across video, poetry, sculpture, and performance.

Of Brazilian origin, Cade immigrated to LA in 2010 to attend Otis College of Art & Design where he earned a bachelors in Fine Arts/New Genres.

Between 2011-2016 Cade gained notoriety under the name Carol S, a cis female glamour model often contextualized as ‘sexy latina’.

Carol appeared in music videos for artists like Nikki Minaj and Chris Brown, posed for men’s magazines like Smooth, Lowrider, and Penthouse, and was repeatedly hired for soft-core male gaze photo shoots.

In 2017 Carol began transitioning into Cade.

As a means to deconstruct a stereotyped identity, Cade dove into an exploration of trans-masculinity.

In 2018 Cade published Xenomaskuline Manifesto, a humorous and neurotic memoir which he delivered as a live lecture and published in text.

Cade continues to challenge Western standards of wellness in his personal and collaborative projects. While producing work that is political and erotic, Cade strives to engage his much under-represented subjectivity in current conversations.

Cade has participated in performances, art installations, and panels at REDCAT, Broad Art Center, The Standard, Navel, Coaxial Arts Foundation, Soho House, Complex, The Lash, Non Plus Ultra, California Institute of Abnormal Arts, O’Project Space, Last Projects, Nous Tous Gallery, Bolski Gallery, Paul Williams Gallery, Post Gallery, Palazzo Grassi (Italy), Rost (Scotland), Clube Curitibano (Brazil)

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