The Millennial Experience is a feature length documentary that focuses on cultural appropriation, LGBTQIA+ culture, and feminism, within the Millennial generation. The dance sequences in the film are adapted from my stage production MILLENNIALS which focuses on the aforementioned themes. I went into a year of pre-production with my creative team to re-imagine the dance sequences and to interview fourteen people of various ages, ethnicity, sexual orientations, and gender identities. During principle photography in the winter and summer of 2018 we filmed the interviews and dance sequences in sight specific locations in Seattle, WA. It was important for me that no Seattle landmarks were filmed because I wanted to immerse the viewer in a generic urban landscape so that the audience could imagine that scenes could be played out in their own city.
I describe the film as one part dance for film and one part documentary where we explore cultural appropriation vs appreciation, LGBTQIA+ culture, and feminism and how these impact the Millennial generation.
Executive Producer, Director, Choreographer: Alex Crozier
Director of Photography: Egan Kolb
Composition: Hevanti Productions
Original Costume design: Pete Rush
Fausto Rivera Contreras, Blair Jolly Elliot, Paul Flanagan, Paul Giarratano, Nia-Amina Minor, Madison Oliver, Alexander Pham, Emily Pihlaja, Lena Silverman, Jacklyn Wheatley,
LOCATION - Dusk, outside pacific place, 6th and pine (very urban)
Following one character in appropriation tee through alleyways and parking garage doors, picking up dancers along the way, until we’re at the top of the garage surrounded by full cast of dancers
We hear interview bites during walking shots
LOCATION - Dusk/Night, open air, rooftop garage - VERY urban, but not too “Seattle” - no distinct landmarks
Starts by following one dancer with appropriation shirt onto the rooftop, along the way they meet other dancers in the street, stairwell, elevator...they meet the rest on the roof all wearing some variation of appropriation attire.
LOCATION (Trade Part 1) - 10th and Pike - Cap Hill, Night
1 dancer - Trade
Single dancer walking down street hearing first moments of muffled music from Q club in change of clothes from the rooftop scene prior. As he passes by people on the street, he gives eyes to them
Hearing more specific street / LGBTQ interview bytes during the walking.
LOCATION (Trade Part 2) - Q CLUB ENTRANCE
Trade solo dance occurs - he references the go go dancers on the bar, they react to his presence, then enters bathroom
Transition to next scene (DL) seamlessly by following another gay male club goer out of the bathroom
LOCATION - Q CLUB BATHROOM (DL PART 1)
Curious looks between Trade and a Nylon boy at the urinals and at sink, we hear interview bytes about straight vs LGBTQ culture during this scene
dancers - Trade and Nylon Boy
Muffled music and club ambience with Interview V.O.
Q CLUB DANCE FLOOR and BAR (DL B)
11 dancers - 6 Nylon Boys, 1 Trade, 4 female Go-go Girls
30 extras (3 bar tenders, 1 coat check, 1 bouncer, rest are club goers)
Following Nylon Boy out of bathroom, we see him talk about gay culture (and it’s relation to straight men) to his friends and the audience (break 4th wall).
Trade exits bathroom and gets a drink at the bar near Nylon Boys
End with Interview on projector wall
LOCATION - QUINN’S in CAP HILL (OR SIMILAR PUB)
LOCATION - BIG BEDROOM (AirBnB sourced), THEATER/STADIUM
Dream Boy at home, alone in bedroom singing to himself
-Dance begins -> purse first girls appear -> suddenly they are on a huge stage -> hear audience -> number ends, camera pans -> reveal there is no audience, camera keeps circling -> back in his bedroom, alone.
LOCATION - BOXING RING / GYM
LOCATION - SUNSET, BEACH (Serene, but still urban)
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