Exhaust Me

“Exhaust Me” takes viewers through suspended avenues of control versus chaos, expansion versus contraction, and structure versus freedom. Through the movement of the body and motion of the camera, this film illustrates the multiplicity and multidimensionality of the being who is female. This work unveils a powerful assembly of women both constructing together and crumbling apart in a tumultuous series of moving images and expressive movements that ache with drama and grace. Moments of outbreak and energy interrupt others of stillness and silence, proving that there is both unease and unrest in all that is beauty and divine. Throughout this piece, we find moments of connection amidst separation, moments of exhaling before gasping again. These women embody the empowerment of resilience and empathy through their own experiences of pain, suffering, and struggle. Follow the rise and fall of the film as it signifies the height of regality, the depths of tragedy, and all other convoluted complexities that encompass this experience of modern femininity.

  • Jessica Michal
    Director
  • Jessica Michal
    Producer
  • Jessica Michal
    Editor
  • Jessica Michal
    Choreographer
  • Julia Foti
    Dancers
  • Erica Giurlando
    Dancers
  • Hannah Kaufman
    Dancers
  • Ying-Yu Ling
    Dancers
  • Jaymee Mojica
    Dancers
  • Michayla Pannullo
    Dancers
  • "Partita for 8 Singers: No.3 Courante" by Caroline Shaw, Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Director - Jessica Michal