Official Trailer

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About the film

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.


Director's Statement       
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.

Creative Team

Executive Producer, Director, Choreographer: Alex Crozier

Director of Photography: Egan Kolb

Composition: Hevanti Productions

Creative Conception: Paul Flanagan, Blair Jolly Elliot

Original Costume design: Pete Rush


Dancers

Fausto Rivera Contreras, Blair Jolly Elliot, Paul Flanagan, Paul Giarratano,  Nia-Amina Minor, Madison Oliver, Alexander Pham, Emily Pihlaja, Lena Silverman, Jacklyn Wheatley, 


Story board

Opening

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 LOCATION - Dusk, outside pacific place, 6th and pine (very urban)


PURPOSE - 

  • Setting up visual/musical tone of film 
  • Sets up millennials as main characters
  • Introduce dance elements slowly

 

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 

  • Possibly the interview on the phone
  • Maybe doing flash clips 
  • Integrate flash interview clips - walker has earphones in and then at the end show interview on the phone. 

Woke Bae

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 LOCATION - Dusk/Night, open air, rooftop garage - VERY urban, but not too “Seattle” - no distinct landmarks

PURPOSE

  • Establish full cast of dancers
  • Engage audience with badass choreo
  • Introduce theme of cultural appropriation as main theme of The Millennial Experience with the t-shirt “White girls, copying gay guys, copying black women” and through the choreo
  • Set up the theme with Interviews after the dance

 

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.

Trade

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 LOCATION  (Trade Part 1) - 10th and Pike - Cap Hill, Night

PURPOSE

  • Establish Trade as a character with body language and dance
  • Using Trade as the conduit to explore straight male culture
  • Set up his sexually ambiguous tendencies 
  • Set up gay night life scene with interview sound bytes
  • Create tension between Trade and go-go dancers as he tries to hit on them 

 

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

DL

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LOCATION  - Q CLUB BATHROOM (DL PART 1)

PURPOSE:

  • Introduce Nylon Boys  and establish tension between them and Trade
  • Explain through dialogue what “trade” means in gay culture
  • Elaborate on this character trait with interviews

 

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

  • Themes on being bi-sexual vs. bi-curious





On Fleek

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LOCATION - QUINN’S in CAP HILL (OR SIMILAR PUB)

PURPOSE:

  • Establish hook up culture and dating apps 
  • Examine heterosexual dynamics in the dating world
  • Introduce theme of technology by incorporating phones as props into the choreography.

Dream Boy

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LOCATION - BIG BEDROOM (AirBnB sourced), THEATER/STADIUM

PURPOSE:

  • Establish Dream Boy as a character
  • Create a scene of fantastical realism 
  • Uncover gay men’s aspirations / overcoming adversity / living with pride

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. 

Dipset

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LOCATION - BOXING RING / GYM

PURPOSE:

  • Resolve the character arc of Nylon Boy and Go Girl
  • Dealing with unhealthy relationships / eventual end of this couple’s relationship
  • Another examination of human interaction. 


Look of Love

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LOCATION - SUNSET, BEACH (Serene, but still urban)

PURPOSE:

  • Tie all characters and scenes together
  • Touch on inclusion between millennial groups
  • Identify remaining differences visually
  • Show millennials connected through technology, but remaining separate through their scenes and style
  • Conclude with final thoughts of interviews about the potential, or lack of, of American society to overcome cultural differences and the role the Millennial generation has to play in that change

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