AN EXPLORATION OF TRUTH AND MYTH IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

TRUE FICTIONS is the result of a year long digital performance art project produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York.

The final piece was completed and presented in Troy, NY, in September 2007 and has begun touring to festivals internationally.

True Fictions is an audio visual spectacle that fuses documentary film making, music, animation and motion graphics with cutting edge digital performance tools. A stunning collage of music and live cinema which explores the themes of truth and myth through a multitude of American and Native American voices; with a original musical score created through the collaborations of 25 New York based musicians and vocal artists.

True Fictions is currently be being performed by:

Christopher Allen (audio & video)
Tim Cowie (audio & video)
Malcom Litson (audio & analogue operations)
Mark McRae (live guitars & keys)
Jude Greenaway (Audio Electronics)
Matt Waterfield (lighting & technical support)

This performance has toured to the following international festivals and arts venues:

The Armour, EMPAC, Troy, New York, USA, September, 2007
The Great Hall, Urban Screens Festival, Manchester, UK, October, 2007
Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy, November, 2007
ZEMOS98 Festival, Seville, Spain, March, 2008
IMAX Cinema, onedotzero festival, BFI Southbank, London, November, 2008

For more information, video and still images please check: avfolklore.blogspot.com

Project Produced & Directed by Christopher Thomas Allen
Assistant Production by Annie Kwan
NYC Production Co-ordination by Sarah Pace
Research & location Production by Helen Omand
Cinematography by Chris Allen & Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow
Photography by Chris Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Helen Omand
Edited by Chris Allen, James Price & Tim Cowie
Animation by Martin Banks, Tim Cowie & Blinkinlab
Field Recordings and Audio Interviews by Chris Allen, Robert Pyecroft-Rainbow & Jo Williamson
Studio Sound Recording & Initial Arrangements by Ben Allen
Music Production & Arrangements by Tim Cowie
Addition Audio Production by Malcom Litson & Jude Greenaway
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Drums & Percussion:
Scotty “Imp” Lehman – Drums
Brian Fishler – DrumsPat Rock – Drums
Isabel Pupo Walker - Percussion
Rev Mofo – Drums & Percussion
Valerie Opielski - Percussion
Sean McCall - Vibraphone
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Wind instruments:
Joseph Jarman – Flute & Saxophone
Martha Hyde – Soprano Saxophone
Welf Dorr – Tenor Saxophone
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String Instuments:
Robbie Seahag – Bass & Electric Guitar
Jason Deiso – Bass Guitar
Valerie Opielski - Electric Guitar
Laurent Medelgi – Guitar
Jo Williamson – Acoustic Guitar
Luke Cissell – Fiddle
Tom Mayer – Double Bass
Brent Arnold - Cello
Mavrothi Kontanis – Oud
Chris Chalfant – Grand Piano
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Vocalists:
Jo Williamson
Chanda Rule
Marrie Mascari
Adrienne Hecker
Melanie Moser
Kendra Flowers
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MC’s:
Dezmatic
Emskee
Atypical
Nobs
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Special Thanks to:
The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca
NYThe Ronathahonni Cultural Center, Cornwall Island, Ontario
Nichols Meat Processing, Altamont, NY
Kathleen Forde, Jason Steven Murphyand all the staff at EMPAC
David Lublin & Ray Cutler at VIDVOX
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An EMPAC Commission supported by The Jaffe Fundfor Experimental Media and Performing Arts

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