FESTIVAL PREMIERE

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT | USA | 5 MINUTES | English, Esselen

A'ai

The first film in Esselen language.

A discussion with a pelican on the shore who is announcing the funeral dance of its kelp forest to a Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation woman.

This project illustrates communication and collaboration possible between living species. Plants, ani- mals and human beings, all inhabitants of the Earth, together, all in search of our survival in the Anthropocene, a time where 90% of kelp forest of California has disappeared , together aware of our interdependent existence. This communication is in rhizome* in order to lead to an evolution of environmental consciousness.

It is a narrative about a marine ecosystem in danger, narrated by a pelican calling for help.
Will we be able to protect the seaweed, which we all depend on to survive? Together, the kelp forest, the pelican, and the Native American woman weave a sensitive relationship of trust to spread the ocean’s warning. The sharing of ecological knowledge is an important response to the crises in which our lives are entangled.

*rhizome: a structure constantly evolving in all horizontal directions and devoid of levels. A method of existence used for millennia by indigenous peoples as described by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Experimental film by Kalie Granier in collaboration with Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation’s Alexandria Casares and tribal chairwoman Louise Ramirez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy.

Translation in Esselen: Chairwoman Louise J. Miranda Ramirez and Alexandria Casares from the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation.

Louise J. Miranda Ramirez is Tribal Chairwoman of the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation (OCEN). OCEN is a historically documented, previously recognized tribe. OCEN is the legal tribal government representative for over six hundred enrolled members of Esselen, Carmeleno, Monterey Band, Rumsen, Chalon, Soledad Mission, San Carlos Mission and/or Costanoan Mission Indian descent of Monterey County. All OÇEN Tribal Members are the indigenous people of Greater Monterey County, California, with proof of ancestry documented in original recordings found in Carmel Mission and Soledad Mission. Louise is Esselen, Chumash and Yaqui. She is the Great-Granddaughter of Thomas Santos Miranda and Inez Agnez Garcia Miranda, each Esselen and recorded as the Monterey Band of Monterey at the Sur Rancheria in 1906. As Chairperson her greatest responsibility is the cultural protection of OCEN Ancestors.

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Kalie Granier

Kalie Granier is a French interdisciplinary artist based in California. Her artistic practice explores life below the surface and the interdependence between humans and non-humans through ecofeminist values. She questions the links between our underwater environments, their ecosystems, and our human bodies in the new geological era to raise awareness of social and ecological imbalances, while imagining alternative narratives for a more equitable future. Her research lies at the intersection of art, science, and activism, with a focus on marine plants and relies on a close dialogue between scientists and environmentalists. Her ecological commitment is omnipresent in her creative process as she experiments with video, installation, up-cycling of local natural material gleaned from the beach, and the use of raw pigments in earth-based painting. Using emotions as a guideline, Kalie pursues a quest for collective consciousness and regenerative togetherness.

She is also the co-founder of Loud Spring, a European-American Art Tank/Collective (and 501c3 Org) based in San Francisco/Oakland, inspired by eco-feminism.

Kalie graduated (MA) from the ESAG, Penninghen School of Visual Art in Paris. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums in the US, Europe and Argentina.

Director

Kalie Granier

Producer

Kalie Granier

Screenwriter

Kalie Granier

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Showtimes

Tuesday, March 5

Screening: 6:00PM

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