Trailer, 1:20 min
SOSPIRA, 50 min, color and black and white, super 8 and digital video, 2010
Sospira is a 50 minute experimental documentary which focuses on nine courageous international women who were traveling seeking themselves and found love along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Taking a leap of faith, leaving their city lives, families, careers, friends, and goals, each of these women believed in love, and in themselves, enough to reinvent their lives.
Digital video and super 8 weave together while the women's voices carry the film, telling the stories of meeting their love, their choices involved in moving to Italy, the expected and unexpected compromises, and the search for a comfortable balance. As the fantasy veneer of Mediterranean village life wears thin, beauty recedes to inaccessibility, and their own desires and sense of self are called into question, becoming mysterious even to themselves.
World Premiere: Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Emerging Filmmakers Series, 2011
Televison: PBS online www.WORLDcompass.org, series "The Journey", May 2011
Cathy van der Muelen
Original Score: Kevin Micka (aka Animal Hospital) and Chris Brokaw.
Director, Producer, Camera, Sound Design: Lana Z Caplan
Editing & Sound: Mike Olenick, Paul Hill, Lana Z Caplan
Titles: Alan Waldo
Additional Footage: University of Pennsylvania Film Archive
Made with generous support from The Wexner Center for the Arts
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