I had the great, great pleasure of finally meeting and working with Kenyan modeling icon Ajuma Nasenyana - who starred in To Catch A Dream, a short film I wrote and directed as part of a fashion collaboration between the NEST Collective and our Chico Leco fashion program.
This story was inspired by a chance conversation with Dan/Abstract Omega - to whom I mentioned I was having recurrent nightmares - who then asked me in all seriousness:
I made up the elements of the dream-trap, and the most interesting, oft-repeated question I've been asked about this story is from which tribe (if not my own) I borrowed the dream-trap from. I was surprised that it is possible to construct fables that are seemingly indistinguishable from the untouchable canon of Kenyan/African mythology, and this has reaffirmed my interest in the idea of remixed pasts. I suppose people who have had their pasts erased can make up their own pasts.
This was an intense film to create - with so many people involved (including the designers to whom the script was released for their interpretation of the characters), multiple locations and a short shooting schedule of 3 days. Many thanks go to the NEST Collective who are my family in every sense of the word, and who make co-creation such a wonderful, enriching process. Thanks also go to the exquisite Ajuma Nasenyana and cast members Tom Nandi, Rahel Equbay, Paynette Nyawara, Rosemary Kendi, Alex Wandia, Maureen Onyango and Nikole Warambo, and to designers Namnyak Odupoy, Ami Doshi, Kepha Maina, Jamil and Azra Walji, Katungulu Mwendwa, Ann McCreath and Adèle Dejak for trusting us with their minds, bodies and creations.
I also created music for the film's soundtrack, which was an interesting exercise in exploring a kind of pulsing type of rhythm, and asymmetrical melodic structures that I haven't used before, but seemed familiar all the same.