Private Project

Self Worship

A boldly feminist and genuinely provocative exploration of one sexual trauma survivor’s journey back to their body through the universal language of dance.

  • Asia Brown
  • Che Che Luna
  • Che Che Luna
  • Briana Bard
  • Asia Brown
  • Che Che Luna
    Key Cast
    Trinkets Season 1 on Netflix, 2018 Adidas Pride Campaign
  • Frankie Simone
    Key Cast
    Trinkets Season 1 on Netflix, Frankie Simone music videos - Love//Warrior, War Paint, Blow my Mind
  • Carly Ostergaard
    Key Cast
  • Akela Jaffi
    Key Cast
  • Paige Moreland
    Key Cast
  • Jenny Windom
    Key Cast
  • Caitlin Callahan
    Director of Photography
  • Tiffany Ayers
    Production Designer
  • Molly Preston
  • Christiann Burch
    Sound Designer
  • Tanerélle
    Original Music
  • Briana Bard
    Assistant Director
  • Leila Chieko
    Assistant Camera
  • Frankie Simone
  • Queenie Paronda
    Hair and Makeup
  • Kale Chesney
    Production Assistant
  • Jill Petracek
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Jackson Heights, NY
    United States
    March 21, 2020
    East Coast
    Official Selection
  • Outfest Fusion
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 8, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Portland Dance Film Fest
    Portland, OR
    United States
    October 5, 2020
    Portland Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Reel Affirmations: Washington DC International LGBTQ Fim Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 21, 2020
    Washington, DC Premiere
    Official Selection
  • POW Film Fest
    Portland, OR
    United States
    October 11, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Asia Brown

Asia is a filmmaker, collaborator and creative, based in Portland, OR. Asia began her career as a photographer in the music industry. Through this work, she realized she could capture a wide spectrum of human emotions in a single image—pain, love, joy, ecstasy, connection and loss. She found there was great beauty in that. A few years into her photography career, Asia began dabbling in video production to promote various charity events she was organizing. When her first video premiered at one of her events, she looked around the room watching as people cried, laughed and held each other close. The energy was vulnerable and real. It was in this moment that Asia saw how much more she could connect people through the medium of film and video vs. a single photo. That became her passion.
Since then, Asia has pursued her film career with full focus. She loves working under pressure and being challenged. She walks onto set with the attitude that nothing is too hard or too impossible. She thrives on finding new and creative ways to make things better or more efficient. She always seeks to create a team environment where everyone feels loved, seen, and valued.
This drive has helped propel Asia’s career forward very quickly. Asia works around the country as a Cinematographer, Director and 1st AC on award-winning narrative feature films, feature-length documentaries, short films, commercials, and music videos. Through her work in various capacities on set, Asia has found that her most rewarding role is as a Cinematographer, largely because she loves collaboration. She finds great reward in working with Directors to help make their visions come to life—creating with light, shaping it, finding the magic in color and composition to motivate and move a story forward.
Asia strongly believes in the power of story—that we all have stories which are deep, moving and are tied up in human connection. The desire to draw out people’s stories and make connections is what ultimately drives Asia in her life and career. For this reason, it is essential to her that she shows up authentically, in a way that promotes inclusion and representation, and honors space for everyone around her. Asia also believes in pushing people to think differently, think bigger. By breaking down barriers and constructs, people are able to connect on a deeper level, to be more compassionate, and to be better collaborators. She believes this is how good stories can become great stories.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

When I was asked to direct Self Worship and saw Che’s vision for the project, I knew in my gut I needed to say yes. I was aware I would come up against some fears and insecurities of not only my own, there would be even more from the outside world. All the more reason to jump on board.

I was drawn to Self Worship because of it's ability to tell a story through dance and movement alone. What Che offers in her work goes far beyond her talent as a dancer -- it's a symbiotic relationship between the movements and choreography that she creates, and the message it reflects back to the viewers. Che was able to create a beautiful, compelling visual story arch in Self Worship that challenges viewers to their core and makes them feel powerful in ways they didn’t even know were possible.

In our first meeting, Che told me, “I don’t see myself in films. I don’t see myself and the work I do anywhere. I want to give women, POC, and the queer community, imagery and messaging that is real, unapologetic and vulnerable.” I kept this incredibly important statement as our North Star for every decision we made for this film. It was especially important in helping me work with Che and the other dancers in very tender, vulnerable moments of filming. We had to really dig deep into some past traumas to make Che’s story come across as authentic as she wanted. Asking people to be that vulnerable can be very scary. There was a very careful balance of pushing the boundaries we needed to, while holding space for people to go through big emotions. I knew it was necessary to guide them there, but also be able to pull them back out if it wasn’t safe anymore. It took a lot of sensitivity and trust on everyone's part to work together in that way. What came from all of that work was what you see in Self Worship. It's real. It's vulnerable. And it's fiercely unapologetic.

I can say with no hesitation, Che Che is a force. She raised the bar of what's possible, and showed me the type of person I hope to always work with in my career as a Director and Cinematographer. I have witnessed her drive and dedication, her integrity, and her absolute sincerity in everything she does. This project is a true reflection of a person dedicated to changing the game and telling stories that are refreshingly honest.

I am beyond grateful that I worked past my initial fears and chose to collaborate with such an amazing team. The end result is something I'm so very proud to share with people. Sometimes we have to push boundaries within ourselves to then help others know they can do the same thing. Our world needs that. It’s time.