My American Dream is an interactive series of approx 15 short films (2-5 min. each) that form a surrealistic "road movie" in which the viewer gets to choose their own destinations. A project by visual artist Sietske Tjallingii (Take T) and producer Sasha Dees (SDPM).
Protagonist Miss T’s American Dream is an existential search played out along the mythical roadside Americana of amongst others Route 66. Dinosaurs from the heyday of American car culture are the faded, funny and forlorn Pop architecture that sprang up all over the US in the optimistic 1940’s and 50’s. Miss T uses these loopy landmarks as stage sets for her surrealist antics and in so doing, plays with and parodies American icons and myths. Each scene is a tableau blending the sublime and the ridiculous as Miss T and her cast of colorful characters create a variety show of musical numbers, absurd sketches and dreamlike fantasies.
CONCEPT/DIRECTOR: Sietske Tjallingii
PRODUCER: Sasha Dees
DP: Micha Douwes (PA), Khamisi Norwood jr. (CA, AZ, NM, IN, IL, MO), Ben Geraerts (TN, VI, SC, NC), Diana Spaghetto Manfredi (NV, OK,TX, IN, MS)
CAST: Miss T; Alberto L Peshlakai, Norvita Charleston, Noreen Charleston, Camille Gishie, Clayton Charleston, Carlise Charleston, Denise Yazzie, Sam Yazzie Jr, & Jolene Thomas; Mark Dollar, King Shazaam, Brian Howell & William Booker; Mariachi Guadalupano, Chad Curtis & Terrance (Pech Limousine). Eric Newton & Marie Mille, Barbara Ball, Nancy O Connor, Dylan Gower, Callie Scarborough, Tim Johnson, Carly Ball, Christy Eleam, Charlotte Eiler, Barbara Bryant & April Horne; Jeanette Biles, Tamara Coons, Samantha Hall, Mary Ingram, Kiri Martin & Christie Newbury; Holy Family Church Choir
EDITOR: Guisy Naitana
COMPOSERS: Stoo Odom, Isaac Frankl (Shovelman), Silas Hite, Frank Gerritsen, Sylvain Carton, Rob Reich
CASTING: Sasha Dees, Alvin Shelby, Alberto L. Peshlakai, Kathy Kavanaugh, Carly Ball, Chris Freihofer
MAKE-UP: Maya Murakami; Dee Anna Myles; Donna Powell, Shelly Price, Anastasia Strattan & Kelly; Punch Kollins
CARS: Helms Cars Collection TN
EQUIPMENT: DFX Baton Rouge, Reel Men Phoenix
My American Dream is funded in part by the Mondriaan Foundation, Nederlands fonds voor de Film (dutch filmfund) and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).