"With Ann Kaneko's unobtrusive camera resting in the sweet detail of Victoria Marks' 'Action Conversations,' this film documents the encounter of two generations of small town American women at the ravaged dawn of the 21st century. Enacting each other's gestures and metaphors, and constructing a vulnerable home of plastic doll house pieces, they struggle to meet the challenge of authenticity. It's not pretty; it's better than that. It's real."
- Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance
ACTION CONVERSATIONS (2008) color, TRT 15 mins, documentary Collaboration with Choreographer Victoria Marks
Four combat veterans join three civilians to make a performance: A former marine struggles with what it means to take a life; an ex-medic recalls men dying in his arms; a discharged coast guard describes the fragile space between sanity and insanity; and an air force vet performs on stage without succumbing to panic.
In this first Action Conversations project, choreographer Victoria Marks worked with vets confronting trauma, reenacting harrowing moments from the trenches and sharing their ongoing struggle to survive as civilians. This film, which combines documentation from the Highways Performance Space production, rehearsal footage and interviews, bridges the real life experiences of these vets, the movement workshops that explored what happened and the performance that grew out of them. Through this process, they overcome paralyzing fears, culminating in their performance where they publicly share their personal demons.