The Freemartin Calf (2010) is a 40 minute experimental fiction shot on black and white Super 8.
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CAST & CREW
Written, directed & edited by Jayne Amara Ross
With Fabienne Mésenge, Orna Assouline, Mathieu Leblanc, Nick Alldridge & Frédéric D. Oberland
Original Soundtrack by Frédéric D. Oberland with Gaspar Claus
Cinematography: Jayne Amara Ross
Assistant director: Frédéric D. Oberland
Lighting technician: Michaël Capron
freemartin (n.): A sexually imperfect, usually sterile female calf born as a twin with a male calf due to the influence of male hormones during the development in utero. Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, 2007.
The Freemartin Calf relates a day in the life of two women: a young girl and her mother, as they brave two very separate realities laced with a very similar pain, fueled by a dogged desire to both reject and conform to the societal roles imposed upon them. The film is a deliberation on the subject of the creative process: the importance of a belief in the invisible creative mechanism (represented by the female body), the angst associated with the inability to create and the part of us that we leave behind in the final product.
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