The Farewell

Star crossed lovers torn apart by racial divides and the call to war rendezvous for what will be their final dance.

  • Kitty McNamee
    The Yellow Room, Burden Halved
  • Kitty McNamee
  • Kitty McNamee
    Burden Halved
  • Raymond Ejiofor
    Key Cast
  • Stephanie Kim
    Key Cast
  • Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Alexandre Tharaud
  • Nathan Kim
    Director of Photography
  • Nathan Kim
  • Cathy Cooper
    Costume Design
  • Julie Schmid
    Associate Producer
  • Martin Chalifour
    Still Photographer
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  • Genres:
    dance, experimental, drama, art, romance, music video
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 26 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Beirut International Women Film Festival
  • Door Kinetic Arts Festival
    Door County, WI
    United States
  • Light Moves Festival of Screendance
    September 24, 2021
  • San Diego International FIlm Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    October 14, 2021
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United States
    October 26, 2021
  • Capital Dance cinema Festival
Director Biography - Kitty McNamee

Kitty McNamee is an artist, a creator and most importantly a collaborator.

Her early years in LA were spent honing her craft as Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Her unique approach to direction and choreography was declared by Dance Magazine to possess “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.” THE FAREWELL is Kitty's third film. Her films have screened at 50 + festivals worldwide.

Kitty has collaborated extensively with the LA Philharmonic, developing new productions of Rite of Spring, Firebird, Bolero, Esa Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and more. Ballets includes RIFT commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Kennedy Center, the creation of the new ballets Traces and Transit for National Choreographer’s Initiative and colony for LA Ballet’s NEXT Wave Series.

Kitty moves effortlessly between her work in the Opera, including Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, Don Carlo, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor and Tales of Hoffman for the country’s largest opera houses to commercials for Target, Adobe MAX, Novartis, Mercedes Benz, Grey Ant and Uniglo. She finds shifting from high art settings to the demands of pop culture to be incredibly invigorating. Kitty loves working with actors and is known for her ability to draw out organically nuanced performances. She has coached and choreographed for Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Margaret Cho, Vanessa Williams, Vittorio Grigolo, Lily Tomlin, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.

Theater credits include Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London, the World Premiere of Colony Collapse (commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Sense and Sensibility (South Coast Rep), The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Phil/Disney Hall), Man of LaMancha (Reprise!) and Sondheim’s 75th (Hollywood Bowl).

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Director Statement

I was inspired to create The Farewell by Agnes de Mille’s work as an artist and activist.

In "The Farewell" star-crossed lovers Raymond and Stephanie are torn apart by racial divides and the call to war. As in 1963, the US is in a massive state of upheaval and division. In ‘63 free love was cracking open the hidebound systems of American life, we were ‘liberated.’ As we approach the possibility of a deeper liberation, the common thread between then and now is choice.

Agnes de Mille once described herself as a young child as “impossible…And at the same time I was the mysterious child, powerful and beautiful. I was the possible lover. When I stood in the woods alone…I was capable of passion.” I choose to view this new era through a hearty, whole and healthy lens. We will, as Agnes did, stand in the woods alone.